Arianna Skibell

Arianna Skibell

Arianna Skibell is a States Newsroom Washington correspondent.

Voting by mail gains traction, but advocates warn it’s not ‘a panacea’

By: - April 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their right to vote. But for large swaths of the population, voting by mail isn’t a viable option. The voting debacle in […]

Health care workers using expired gear during pandemic and ‘hoping for the best’

By: - March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway. The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to reuse personal protective equipment […]