Orange County IDA Offers Economic Recovery Program

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

Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel has tested positive for COVID-19. She announced the news Friday evening after being tested for the virus Thursday night.

Scenic Hudson Closes Mount Beacon Park Amid Pandemic

10 hours ago
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Scenic Hudson has closed one of its parks to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Two Hudson Valley Reps Assess Coronavirus Aid Package

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James DeMers

President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Just hours after the House passed the legislation Friday, two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley said the largest relief package in the country’s history was a necessity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

 Registered Nurse Angela Sears, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said there were 176 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Friday. As the pandemic continues to spread, local leaders and organizations are trying to provide food and healthcare to a concerned public.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is changing its meal schedule for city students with public schools closed until at least May 4th.

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The legislative branch of the largest city in western Massachusetts is prepared to meet remotely during the coronavirus pandemic and comply with open meeting requirements.

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Even if they can’t gather for services, spiritual leaders across Berkshire County are tending to their congregants in the anxious era of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts has seen cases of COVID-19 among residents skyrocket from one on Tuesday to 14 by Friday.

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Whether you call it a lockdown, a quarantine or put a hashtag in front of Stay Home, New Yorkers and others are facing a new chapter in the new normal: isolation.

A New York state Assemblyman who was in the capitol March 18 and remained in Albany the day after has tested positive for coronavirus. 

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.

Dutchess, Orange Report Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 26, 2020
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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Dutchess and Orange Counties on Thursday reported more COVID-related deaths.

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The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

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A Berkshire County resident is one of the thousands of Americans stranded overseas as the world grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is calling on its landlords to seek relief from mortgage lenders and pass it on to their tenants. 

County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano, County Exec. Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the county has 166 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

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    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted agriculture.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham
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A New York state Senator has introduced legislation to address some of the financial concerns related to COVID-19. Democrat Pete Harckham spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about these bills and his views on the budget due April 1. NOTE: This interview from Wednesday precedes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget-related announcements Thursday.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

You've seen them during the coronavirus pandemic: ordinary people on the streets wearing surgical masks or other face-coverings.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has estimated that the state needs at least 30,000 ventilators to meet projections during the COVID-19 crisis, which has already hospitalized thousands in the state.

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.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration are implementing a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Albany County.

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.

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A company in Berkshire County is working on manufacturing new drugs to treat COVID-19.

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Members of the business community in Saratoga County got an update on the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill today from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Small Business Administration.