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U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada says the Trump administration had been considering a proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trying to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has closed all schools through the end of the school year.

Plattsburgh City Hall

Plattsburgh’s mayor gave an update on the city’s preparedness for the coronavirus on Thursday. The city council later heard reports from police and fire chiefs on pandemic readiness.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York state’s K through 12 schools will remain closed until at least April 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

U.S. Representative for New York's 22nd congressional district Anthony Brindisi
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Today we’re featuring a Congressional Corner first: an interview with a member in quarantine.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Anthony Brindisi of New York’s 22nd Congressional district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

This interview was recorded on March 23.

3/27/20 Panel

Mar 27, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Artistic Director/CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate Maguire, Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

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Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive who is running for governor as a Democrat, held a telephone town hall on the coronavirus Wednesday.

People disagree whether one should wear a face mask to prevnt COVID-19.
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You've seen them during the coronavirus pandemic: ordinary people on the streets wearing surgical masks or other face-coverings.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. Coronavirus is here and before it we heard about Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia―but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern.

The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In his new book, "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Science" journalist David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field―netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo―with the world’s leading disease scientists.

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Even during the pandemic, the political calendar goes forward.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey. This interview was recorded on March 17.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York lawmakers have just one week until the state budget is due. They say despite the coronavirus outbreak, they intend to meet the deadline, and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups. They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multi-billion dollar deficit grows each day.

Vermont Senate reconvenes to consider coronavirus measures
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The Vermont Senate met at the Statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday and passed a series of measures to assure state operations can continue during the coronavirus pandemic.  The chamber also passed measures to increase aid to Vermonters who need additional help.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s been working closely with President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide Jared Kushner to get New York ventilators as coronavirus cases continue to escalate.

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The coronavirus response was different in the Senate than the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey. This interview was recorded on March 17th.

3/25/20 Panel

Mar 25, 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 Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

Dr. Deborah Birx
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Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said Tuesday that people who have left New York City should self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent further spread.

Burlington City Hall

Burlington, Vermont officials held a number of meetings on Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak. The regular meeting of the City Council was attended virtually to comply with social distancing recommendations.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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President Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that the U.S.-Canada border will be closed to all except essential travel.  While the move was not unexpected by border interests in northern New York, they want clarification regarding some provisions.

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Harvey Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to a story first published in the Niagara Gazette. The former movie producer is in a Western New York correctional facility. The news comes as advocates for prisoner rights are asking the state for a plan to protect inmates from getting the virus.

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Baystate Health

The largest hospital network in western Massachusetts has appealed for donations of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment as coronavirus cases climb.

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his aides are still scrambling to create new hospital beds and procure adequate medical equipment. But the governor says he’s also assigning a team to try to figure out how and when to restart the economy in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 continues its rampage through our population, our healthcare system and our economy.  It is clear that some significant steps, not unlike 2008, need to be taken by the federal government to provide income for full and partially laid-off workers, so that they have the funds with which to buy things and continue the economic flow at least at some level.  There are many workers who will not be able to work remotely, and many others who will not be able to work efficiently remotely, not for any fault of their own, but based upon the nature of the work that they do.

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The coronavirus pandemic has essentially shut down everyday life for many in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the closure of or restricted the operations of schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theatres across the state – forcing Capital Region residents and businesses alike to get creative in order to stay active.

Given unprecedented times, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is working to ensure that our local food pantries are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members.

Schools are closing down, hourly and low wage workers are losing income, businesses are hurting, and seniors are isolated. Local food pantries able to help. 

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stands at a podium in front of a marble building with a row of people standing on either side of him
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces to workers, customers and the public as of noon on March 24 until April 7 at noon. 

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll spend Saturday visiting potential sites to set up temporary hospitals and negotiating with clothing manufactures and ventilator sellers to gather medical supplies in time for the expected increase in patients sick with the coronavirus who may need hospitalization. Cuomo also says he plans to visit parks in New York City to determine if reports of younger people congregating too closely together are true.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

The New York state Thruway Authority will be implementing emergency toll procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Vermont National Guard is calling service members to active duty in order to combat the coronavirus. 

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is calling for intensified testing at a long term care facility after 5 residents, one of whom died, tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Clinton County Health Department Friday night reported the third case of COVID-19 in New York’s north-easternmost county.