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Vermont Inmates Report Inconsistent Access To Soap, Hand Sanitizer

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.

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Brave Little State

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How's Everybody Doing?

With the world turned upside down, Brave Little State has been collecting audio diaries from Vermonters, about what — and how — you're doing.

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A medical worker at Burlington's UVM Medical Center exits a mobile clinic with an armful of medical supplies on March 27, 2020.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Live 12 p.m. discussion: Vermont Department of Health officials are encouraging the public to wear cloth masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. (That's in addition to regular hand-washing and social distancing). It's among the latest guidance as Vermont nears a predicted peak in COVID-19 cases. This hour, we talk with health experts and answer your questions about keeping the public safe. 

Updated at 7:00 p.m. ET

Just days after the White House coronavirus task force warned Americans to brace for sobering death tolls, the administration is vowing to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients infected with the coronavirus.

A Facebook page screenshot of a poster for the Bang-n-Clang parade.
City of Vergennes Recreation Department / Facebook

Following the example of Italy, and Dallas, and many more communities, Vermonters across the state are organizing nightly noise-making sessions — and some of them are on video for the rest of us to see (and hear!).

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Charls W. Harrity / Associated Press File

Several weeks ago, as the coronavirus crisis began to unfold, President Trump issued an emergency executive order which gave him the power to implement new rules and regulations to help contain the spread of the virus. The legislation the president used is known as the Stafford Act, named after Vermont Sen. Robert Stafford.

Updated at 11:22 a.m. ET

Dennis Johnson fell victim last week to a new form of harassment known as "Zoombombing," in which intruders hijack video calls and post hate speech and offensive images such as pornography. It's a phenomenon so alarming that the FBI has issued a warning about using Zoom.

Like many people these days, Johnson is doing a lot of things over the Internet that he would normally do in person. Last week, he defended his doctoral dissertation in a Zoom videoconference.

Starting today, small businesses can apply for the nearly $350 billion in loans available through the economic rescue plan from Congress.

The loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, is intended to support businesses so they can ride out the tough economic times and, most importantly, assist with either keeping current workers or rehire those who were laid off.

Burlington City Hall and Honey Road
Abagael Giles

Burlington’s Church Street is known for its mix of shops and restaurants and as the weather warms, it would usually be pretty full of people too. But not now — at least not with the governor’s orders for individuals to stay home and non-essential businesses to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new landscape has forced businesses on the most-well known commercial street in Vermont to rethink their operations and has also resulted in many people losing their jobs.

Rainbow chalk and the words "We Are Not Alone."
Abagael Giles / VPR

The global health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19 has made an impact on everyone. This hour, Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb want to hear how everyone is doing with coping skills, managing stress, and what communities are doing to come together. 

A musher is delivering food to homebound seniors in a rural part of Maine to help protect them from the spread of the coronavirus. Hannah Lucas works as a clerk at the Circle K in Caribou.

"I just noticed that there were a lot of people, specifically the elderly, coming in just to buy the milk or eggs, or fruit that we have here," Lucas says. "And I just wanted to help them minimize leaving their house during this time of a pandemic."


The Frequency: A Daily News Podcast From VPR

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Washing Your Hands? Not Easy In Vermont Prisons

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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It is critical to have accurate, timely information right now, and VPR has expanded our news coverage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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We're Here For You: Expanded Programming To Help Navigate The Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

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Eye On The Sky

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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

Explaining Coronavirus To Kids, And The Science Of Soap

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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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

Not sure how the whole podcasting thing works? We're here to help.