Many of Vermont's 256 towns have changed the way they operate to adhere to Gov. Phil Scott's March 25 "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. VPR's Nina Keck and Howard Weiss-Tisman followed those changes in Vernon, Brattleboro and Brandon.
For one nurse at UVM Medical Center, the last few weeks have been filled with anger and sadness, but also hope. We’ll hear an audio diary she submitted to Brave Little State. Plus, Gov. Scott tells Vermonters to brace for the worst of the pandemic, the state reaches out to elder care facilities, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s still running for president, turns his attention to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Updated March 27, 2020
Like many of you, at VPR we have been closely monitoring, responding to and reporting on the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation here in Vermont, across the country and around the world. Our staff has come together (at a social distance) to ensure we keep ourselves safe while continuing our broadcast and news-gathering operations—while preparing as best we can for whatever comes next.
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. We’re answering questions about the virus with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics. And chemistry professor Palli Thordarson, from the University of New South Wales on the science of why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs.