According to conversations with Vermont inmates, many still have irregular access to soap or cleaning supplies, must eat elbow-to-elbow in mess halls, and — until VPR reported this story — were still playing full-contact basketball.
Vermont’s Department of Corrections says it's taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, but inmates tell a different story. Plus, the uncanny atmosphere on Burlington’s Church Street as shops and restaurants stay closed, and a warning from Ski Vermont against skinning up that mountain.
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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.