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This month will be the second time Muslims observe Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Muqtedar Khan, professor and founder of the Islamic Studies Program at the Unversity of Delaware, about this time of spiritual reflection as the nation moves ahead with its vaccination program.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to limit their normal routines keeping many inside their homes. That is especially true for the elderly who often depend on others. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Sarita Mohanty, president and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, about how people have coped with the isolation and the kind of public policies that are emerging from the  pandemic.

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March is National Nutrition Month. This year it arrives on the heels of a year inwhich many have had to cope with the isolation of the coronvirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with John Troup, Dietary Supplement and Nutrition expert at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, about the impact of the past year.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center opened yesterday providing COVID 19 vaccinations as part of the distribution centers recently set up around the state of Maryland. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with some of those who finally received their first shot.

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The Maryland General Assembly is moving to reform the oversight of police misconduct. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D) about those efforts as well as the state's vaccination efforts and reopening.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced the reopening of restaurants, bars and other businesses as the vaccine rollout begins to take hold against the coronavirus. TidalHealth Peninsula Regional this week is easing its restrictions on visitors, allowing one designated visitor per patient. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sarah Arnett, Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital about the change. (Part 1)

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With the anniversary of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a number of states have begun to reopen. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that restaurants, bars and other establishments will be able to open to full capacity. But, in public spaces social distancing and masks are still required. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Paul Spearman, a member of the Board of Directors for the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, about whether states are reopening too soon.

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A new public opinion poll finds there is little difference in vaccine hesitancy between African Americans and whites in Maryland. It found that 36% of black residents were hesitant as opposed to 31% of whites. The findings come on the heels of Governor Larry Hogan blaming lagging vaccination rates in the African American community on hesitancy. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Washington Post reporter  Ovette Wiggins about the what the survey found.

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The poultry industry and its workers have been hit hard as they struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. And, while they hope to begin to see better days with the vaccine, the virus could have shaken out some of the smaller producers. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Cathy Bassett, director of communications and community relations for Mountaire, about the impact of COVID 19. (Part 2)

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The poultry industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But help appears to be on the way. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Cathy Bassett, director of communications and community relations for Mountaire, about the anticipated arrival of the vaccine. (Part 1)

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Lawmakers are now working on a coronavirus relief package in Annapolis. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who is running for governor to talk about what he sees as the drawbacks to the latest effort in the state capital.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave a somber state of the state address warning residents that even with the vaccine there is a long way to go before the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush has this report.

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The coronvirus has left many without jobs. For those over the age of 50 it will take twice as long to find a new position than younger workers. AARP notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found around 45% of job seekers over the age of 55 have been looking for work for six months or longer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with AARP financial specialist Susan Weinstock about about the impact of the pandemic on older workers.

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The coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Wicomico County with health care workers and nursing homes the first to receive it. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Olivia Butler, with the Wicomico County Health Department, about how it will distributed in the coming weeks.

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The coronavirus vaccine has arrived on the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about what that means for combatting the virus.

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There is some optimism for downtown businesses in Salisbury with the coronavirus vaccine and the prospect of more federal assistance. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at some of the local businesses as they struggle to make it through the pandemic. (Part 1)

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Even with the announcement of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines, there are still months ahead for many caregivers -- many who never expected to be in that position. Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert at AARP, tell's Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that it is taking its toll.

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The homeless not only face with the cold weather, but also the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Bee Miller, executive director of Diakonia, about the impact of the virus on their efforts to provide assistance and shelter to this population.

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This Christmas will be like few in recent memory. And, many will only be seeing their loved ones via Zoom. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill notes that how we have had to reduce such gatherings while pondering his Christmas tree.

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With the federal government about to embark on the distribution of the new coronavirus vaccine, President-Elect Joe Biden has promised to distribute 100 million doses in the first one hundred days of his administration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Perry Fri, executive vice president of Industrial Relations for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, about the readiness of the system to begin distribution.

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With the cold weather now combined with the coronavirus homeless shelters are  seeking help from the local community as they face this winter's perils. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Celeste Savage, executive director of HALO which provides assistance to the homeless, about the community response and the road ahead. (Part 2)

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The homeless this year must contend not only with the cold but with the coronavirus pandemic. As a result homeless shelters have cut back on the number they can take in and have beefed up the precautions they must take to keep clients, staff and volunteers safe. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Celeste Savage, Executive Director of HALO, about the impact of Covid 19. (Part 1)

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Maryland is expected to see a sharp spike in coronvirus hospitalizations jumping 50% within the last two weeks. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Chris Snyder, Chief Quality Officer for TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about what his organization is experiencing. (Part 2)

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A coronvirus vaccine appears to be just around the coroner. But, Governor Larry Hogan says Maryland is expected to receive only around 155,000 doses, far short of what is needed to cover the frontline health care workers. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Chris Snyder, chief quality officer for TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about the potential of the new vaccine effort. (Part 1)

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The chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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While many of us will be sitting down with family for Thanksgiving, there are those without a home or family. Host Don Rush talks with Anthony Dickerson, executive director of the Christian Shelter in Salisbury, about his organization's plans and how the homeless cope with the holiday season -- especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shop Local. That's the word from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who is urging holiday shoppers to help out their local businesses who have been hit by the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.  Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he saw this as a citizen effort to help out now that the federal stimulus package has essentially run out.

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With coronavirus cases surging Pfizer has announced it has a vaccine that may be effective in the fight against the pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Robert Cain, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, about the pandemic and their efforts to train medical students in the fight against the virus.

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With the coronavirus entering yet another wave pharmaceutical companies are searching for a vaccine. But, in many vaccine trials seniors can be left out. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sue Peshin, president of the Alliance for Aging Research, who said that in the current search for a covid-19 vaccine seniors are to be very much in hte mix. (Part 2)

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The flu season is now getting underway. But, it comes just as a third wave of the coronvirus is hitting the nation. The Alliance for Aging Research is urging seniors to be sure to get their pneumonia and flu shots as the country awaits a covid-19 vaccine. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sue Peshin, president of the organization, about their vaccination campaign and the impact of the coronavirus.

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