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As coronavirus cases increase across the U.S., children have been increasingly testing positive as well.

Elizabeth Hawse, a pediatrician in Lexington, Ky., says she has seen a jump from earlier this year, when she was getting "sporadic calls."

"But over the past few weeks, we are seeing more and more kids calling the office that they've been exposed or family members exposed and more and more positive cases," Hawse tells Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition.

The Strategic National Stockpile, which the U.S. has traditionally depended on for emergencies, still lacks critical supplies, nine months into one of the worst public health care crises this country has ever seen, an NPR investigation has learned.

A combination of long-standing budget shortfalls, lack of domestic manufacturing, snags in the global supply chain, and overwhelming demand has meant that the stockpile is short of the gloves, masks, and other supplies needed to weather this winter's surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, body cameras for state police and more for Monday, Nov. 23.

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When Gov. Phil Scott announced a prohibition on meeting up with anyone outside your household for basically anything other than allowable essential activities like work or school or socially-distant, masked outdoor exercise, it added a deeper level of confusion, concern, sadness and anxiety for many Vermonters.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Vermont and the health department has put a new protocol in place that will include the testing of all staff at Vermont's K-12 schools, on a rotating basis. This hour, we're joined by Education Secretary Dan French to talk about how the effort fits in with the state's surveillance testing, and how the state is working to preserve in-person learning. 

Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the last eight months treating COVID-19 patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she's often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is raising concerns with the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries that when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, poorer countries could miss out.

Speaking on Sunday during a two-day virtual G20 global summit, Merkel said progress toward developing a system for distribution to less wealthy countries has been slow and that she would raise the issue with the global vaccine alliance, GAVI.

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If you've ever driven through the Old North End of Burlington, you've no doubt seen it, the market that sits at the corner of North Street and North Winooski Avenue, a brick building boasting brightly painted murals, one featuring boxing champ Muhammad Ali.

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Among the challenges presented with COVID-19 and prison facilities, in-person visitation has been indefinitely suspended for family members and friends. For parents who are currently incarcerated, these regulations are particularly painful. While virtual visitation is better than nothing, parents agree that it does not come close to replacing in-person visitation.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a recount in the House Speaker's race and more for Friday, Nov. 20.

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A week after first announcing a new executive order banning social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott clarified that the restrictions do allow people feeling unsafe in their household to leave and take shelter elsewhere, and that people can take a physically-distanced walk with one other person from a different household. 

Tyson Foods Inc., which says it produces 20% of the beef, pork and chicken in the U.S., has suspended managers at an Iowa plant accused of participating in a betting pool on how many employees would become ill with COVID-19.

President and CEO Dean Banks also announced on Thursday the company has launched an investigation led by former Attorney General Eric Holder into the allegations.

Heeding his own advice, Anthony Fauci and his wife, Christine Grady, will be spending Thanksgiving this year apart from their loved ones. It's the first time none of their three adult daughters will be home for the holiday.

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Preparations for a surge in COVID-19 cases. Plus, cases numbers and deaths continue to rise, telemedecine’s popularity, and a proposed train station.

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Vermont reported a record 148 cases Thursday, and state officials predict there will be a 50% increase in cases over the next six weeks.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a recount in Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson's legislative race and more for Thursday, Nov. 19.

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The pandemic has shifted even more of our lives online. So what's being done to address Vermont's internet inequities?

That's what Maggie Eppstein of Hinesburg asked Brave Little State, VPR's people-powered journalism project.

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This hour, VPR's Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb ask you to share some of the strategies you are using to get through this second phase of the COVID-19 crisis -- a crisis that is likely to affect the Thanksgiving plans of almost every Vermonter.

As the nation gears up for a massive vaccination effort, the Trump administration is doubling down on a novel, unproven injection device by providing more than half a billion dollars in government financing for something still awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval.

Updated at 8:48 a.m. ET

The day after Christmas, millions of Americans will lose their jobless benefits, according to a new study. And that could spell financial ruin for many people, like 44-year-old Todd Anderson in the small town of Mackinaw City, Mich.

Anderson's a single dad with four kids — two of them 5-year-old twins. He lost his income after the pandemic hit in the spring. He did landscape design at resorts that host big weddings, and he says all that's been shut down.

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