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Vermont National Guard On A COVID-19 Mission, Printed PPE, Pension Funds And Hungry Bears

It’s Wednesday, April 1st. In today's episode of The Frequency , the Vermont National Guard sets up temporary clinics in case local hospitals get overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks. Plus: A Burlington makerspace tries to print PPE , pension funds, and hungry bears.

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The Frequency: A Daily News Podcast From VPR

The Frequency

VPR's daily news podcast. Get up to speed on what's happening in Vermont every day in under 15 minutes. Hosted by Henry Epp and Anna Van Dine, and available every weekday by 6:30 a.m.

Mike Herrick and his wife Jane have been heading from their home on Lake Superior in Herbster, Wis., to Tuscon, Ariz., for the last 11 winters. They were hoping to come home at the end of April. Then, Herrick discovered local officials had asked some homeowners not to return.

If they couldn't leave, he wondered if his landlord would charge them rent to stay longer.

It was a pretty normal St. Patrick's Day. Nathan Stewart and a couple of friends were hanging out, drinking a few beers, soaking up senior spring at the University of Virginia. Then an email landed in their inboxes: Classes were moving online and graduation was indefinitely postponed.

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Live discussion at 1 p.m.: On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott issued a new executive order requiring anyone who travels into Vermont for non-essential business to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order also placed additional restrictions on lodging operations. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state rises to 293 with 13 deaths related to the virus, Gov. Scott joins Vermont Edition for an update on the state's response to coronavirus. 

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

America must brace for 100,000 or more people to die in the coming months in the coronavirus pandemic, the White House's response team warned Tuesday.

"As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top immunologist helping to steer White House policy on the disaster. "No one is denying the fact that we are going through a very, very difficult time right now."

Outside view of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
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Hospitals across the country are delaying elective procedures to preserve personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19. But what qualifies as elective isn't clear cut.

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The Frequency is Vermont's daily news podcast from VPR. Get up to speed on what's happening every day in Vermont, along with deeper stories and interviews from VPR's team of journalists. Hosted by Henry Epp and Anna Van Dine, a 10 to 15 minute episode will be released every morning, Monday through Friday, by 6:30 a.m. Starting April 1.

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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Tuesday, March 31.

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Live call-in discussion at noon: As people are expected to do more from home, including work, school, and socializing, the gap between the technological have and have nots threatens to widen. This hour, we talk about access to information and hear from non-profit and for-profit organizations that are connecting Vermonters to the internet.

The beloved children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, whose imaginative and warm-hearted work crossed generations and continents, died Monday at age 85. His death was announced, without details, on social media by his assistant, Bob Hechtel.

When infectious pathogens have threatened the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been front and center. During the H1N1 flu of 2009, the Ebola crisis in 2014 and the mosquito-borne outbreak of Zika in 2015, the CDC has led the federal response.

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Brave Little State

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Tips From A Home-Schooling, Remote-Working Mom

With Vermont schools now closed, many parents are facing a daunting reality. In this installment of Brave Little State, a veteran home-schooling parent and remote worker shares her wisdom.

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The 16 new cases of COVID-19 announced by health officials Saturday brings the total number of cases in Vermont to 49.
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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.

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