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COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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As the pandemic continues, local officials are doing their best to help residents through the "pause" in daily activities.


   The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has put up large tents that will be used if the coronavirus spreads to the city’s homeless population.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 30, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 30, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with the USNS Comfort in the New York Harbor in the background.

Two hundred thirty five New Yorkers died of the coronavirus in the past day, for a total of more than 1,200 so far, a number Governor Andrew Cuomo calls “beyond staggering.” Cuomo, in his daily update on the virus Monday, said hospitals and their workers are already overwhelmed, two weeks before the virus is expected to peak. He asked health care workers from around the nation to consider coming to New York to help. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 26, 2020.

A new survey finds New Yorkers overwhelmingly approve of how Governor Andrew Cuomo is handling the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here to talk about coronavirus emergency response is Doctor Trey Dobson. Doctor Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer. 

Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz is mobilized to help keep people safe as the 3D-printing industry focuses on fighting COVID-19.
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz has its 3D printers up and running, turning out 3D-printed face shields for regional healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook: Senator James L. Seward
Facebook: Senator James L. Seward

A New York state Senator already battling cancer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 30, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 30, 2020. 

The Robare Family

A resident of the Williamstown Commons nursing and rehabilitation facility in Williamstown, Massachusetts has died after testing positive for COVID-19. WAMC spoke with her daughter.

Amitava Kumar's "Every Day I Write the Book" features interviews with an array of writers whose distinct work offers inspiring examples for students and academics alike, the book's pages are full of practical advice about everything from how to write criticism to making use of a kitchen timer.

Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College and the author of numerous books, including "Lunch with a Bigot;" "A Matter of Rats;" "Nobody Does the Right Thing," and "Immigrant, Montana: A Novel."

U.S. Representative for New York's 22nd congressional district Anthony Brindisi
Official Portrait 116th Congress

After the pandemic, election season looms.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Anthony Brindisi of New York’s 22nd Congressional district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. This interview was recorded on March 23.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 29, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses and the ban on gatherings in New York for another two weeks, through April 15. That time period includes the Passover and Easter holidays. Cuomo also says he’s convinced the governor of Rhode Island to call off a policy of using that state’s police force to question New Yorkers who enter Rhode Island and forcing them to quarantine.

3/30/20 Panel

Mar 30, 2020

        The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that President Trump has extended federal social distancing guidelines until the end of April. 

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Mar 30, 2020
Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about how the coronavirus pandemic is expected to impact the New York state budget due Wednesday. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 30, 2020
Paul Caiano

Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy with showers today. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

NASCAR iRacing Logo 2020

NASCAR's new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event aired nationally during the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus. Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after NASCAR's 36-race season was suspended four events into the year. 

(Airs 03/29/20 @ 6 p.m. & 03/30/20 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor-at-Large Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association and Former Editor, Investigative Journalist and Professor, Rosemary Armao. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Rosemary talk about whether or not the media should air the presidential press briefings, and much more.

A Nintendo Switch Lite and copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Sarah LaDuke / WAMC

If you’ve been glued to social media for the last couple weeks like me, you have may noticed something between updates on coronavirus and videos from stir-crazy quarantinees.

Michael Meeropol: Lives Versus Economics

Mar 29, 2020

So I was watching TV the other night when they showed a clip from the appearance of Dan Patrick the Lieutenant Governor of Texas on the Tucker Carlson show.

Sloop Clearwater
Courtesy of Dorice Arden

The COVID-19 pandemic is sinking the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by the late environmental activist and folk musician Pete Seeger.

On Friday, President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to support the country’s COVID-19 response.

Reid Kisselback's Midday Weather Summary 3/29/2020

Mar 29, 2020

Strange Universe 3/29/20

Mar 29, 2020

A major display of the northern lights is unforgettable, and if you've ever seen an exploding meteor, you've never forgotten it. But one natural celestial sight tops all of those, a total solar eclipse. Not a lunar eclipse and certainly not a partial solar eclipse. After the totality in 2017 in places like Wyoming and the Carolinas, millions finally got to see one. 

Kingston Implements Food Security Hotline

Mar 29, 2020
Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative during COVID-19 pandemic
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

As part of a program launched in response to COVID-19, the City of Kingston has launched a food security hotline.

Several New York State lawmakers and a co-chair of the state Board of Elections are pressing for New York to expand its absentee voting laws to allow for more mail-in balloting, and to postpone the April 28 presidential primary until late June.

Vote Here sign
WAMC photo by Patrick Garrett

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will move the April 28th Democratic presidential primary to coincide with the June 23rd state legislative and congressional primaries.

Orange County IDA Offers Economic Recovery Program

Mar 28, 2020
Courtesy of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on Friday announced an economic recovery program to help revitalize local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Cocktails In The Age Of Coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020
Cocktail hour at the Gardner house
Ralph Gardner Jr

We’ve held four cocktail parties this week and counting. Don’t panic. These aren’t in-person events. They’ve been conducted from the safety of our living room over the Zoom video-conferencing app.