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Towns Find Creative Ways To Keep The Lights On Despite Social Distancing

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.

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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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Town governments in Vermont are trying to keep services going during the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re getting creative to keep towns running while maintaining social distancing. Plus, the latest COVID-19 case numbers, the governor’s request for FEMA funding, and how one country store is keeping its doors open.

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Across the region, many general stores that typically welcome people in to buy essentials and serve as a community hub have moved to curbside pickup. That’s not the case at the Ripton Country Store, in part because the store also serves as the Addison County town’s post office. So, customers are still coming in to pick up food, mail, gas and other needs.

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Live 1 p.m. discussion: Passover, Easter and Ramadan all happen this month. But since Gov. Phil Scott issued his "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, religious and spiritual organizations have had to move their services online. This hour, we speak with people of different faiths and ask how they are staying connected to their communities during COVID-19. 

Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET

President Trump acknowledged that he learned only recently about a warning earlier this year from a top adviser about the risks of the coronavirus — but he defended his actions on Tuesday at a news conference.

"I couldn't have done it any better," Trump said about his and the administration's handling of the pandemic.

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Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

As the economic fallout of COVID-19 tests the strength of social safety nets, a coalition of nonprofits in central Vermont has found a new way to keep pace with demand for services.

Updated at 9:58 a.m. ET

Federal prisons are wrestling with the rapid spread of the coronavirus at more than two dozen facilities across the country in an outbreak that has already claimed the lives of at least seven inmates and infected almost 200 more, as well as 63 staff.

One of the hardest-hit so far is the Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, La., located about a three-hour drive west of New Orleans. It's home to two low-security prisons and a minimum security camp, which all told house some 2,000 inmates.

Vermont Coronavirus Updates For Tuesday, April 7

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Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Tuesday, April 7.

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Joe Tymecki / VPR

Across Vermont and the country, one of the clearer effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been empty shelves in grocery stores and supermarkets. Now researchers at UVM are using an online survey to gather data on how the coronavirus is affecting food systems around the state. The survey is specifically examining the impacts on those who are food insecure.

Passover isn't just a holiday with a meal. The meal is the holiday. It's a ritual people make around the table. They gather to eat the same foods, tell the same stories, generation after generation.

"It's a moment of transmitting history, but also transmitting identity. Which is why it's so important to be with family," explains Rabbi Marisa James, director of social justice programming at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York.

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

After intense political back and forth, Wisconsin is holding its presidential primaries and elections for many state and local offices on Tuesday.


The Frequency: A Daily News Podcast From VPR

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A UVM Nurse Chronicles Anxiety, Sadness And Hope As COVID-19 Grips Vermont

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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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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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.
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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.