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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 Biden administration and Democrats are pushing to get approval for their $1.9 billion pandemic relief package. And, that is a top priority for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, the organization's General Secretary, about the measure and the Republican response. (Part 1)

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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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Health care workers are greeting the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine with relief and hope. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician, about what the future looks like. (Part 2)

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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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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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As the nation gears up for the coronavirus vaccine, many are still in need of financial assistance with the economic hit resulting from COVID 19. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, General Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the effort to get more financial assistance.

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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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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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As the nation prepares to enter the winter months with the coronavirus still raging, the nation will still be suffering from another -- the opioid crisis. Sandy Brown, executive director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono which privides free legal services, says these two have made the situation much worse. In addition, Brown tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that she expects a homeless crisis to follow as the nation moves into months more of the virus pandemic. (Part 2)

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Hal Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy, an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy is a frequent guest on Delmarva Today and we’re pleased to welcome him back to update us on the pandemic in the Wicomico area, and to discuss the development of a vaccine as well as the efficacy of any recent treatments such as convalescent plasma.

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As the crowds gather in Ocean City for the tourist season local restaurants are still coping with the coronavirus including restricted seating and positive tests among employees. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, says owners are still hopeful despite the virus.

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As tourists flock to Ocean City many of the resort's restaurants reopened for business. But a number of them closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus. Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, described for Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush the efforts by these restaurants to keep ahead of the virus. (Part 1)

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With the ever increasing number of coronavirus cases in the United States much is being learned about the diesease, particularly its after effects which can be long lasting. In the second part of Delmarva Public Media's Hall Wilson  discussion with emergency physician Mike Murphy they look at what is known for those who survive.

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With the coronavirus deaths now topping 140,000 in the United States scientists are racing to find medicines to reduce the severity of the virus as well as racing to finding a vaccine. Delmarva Public Media's Hal Wilson talked with emergency physician Mike Murphy about what has been learned about the disease. (Part 1)

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The coronavirus has left the undocumented immigrant commnity scrambling for financial assistance as they have to take time off from work and and seek medical care. In Delaware, activists have set up the Delaware Immigrant Fund to provide that aid. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush has this report. (Part 3)

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Undocumented immigrant women are often the stablizing force for their families. But, in part two of our series, Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush examines the impact of the coronavirus on their home lives. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko contributed interviewing and translation assistance for this series.

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With the number of coronavirus cases topping 3 million in the United States, undocumented immigrant women are struggling with the disease given their legal status. In part one of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at how the virus has impacted their employment in Delaware where many work in the poultry processing plants, interviewing a number of women from Guatemala about their lives. We had interviewing and translation assistance from Charito Calvachi-Mateyko for this feature.

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With the number of coronavirus cases now topping three million in the U.S with over 130,000 deaths, many states and local government officials are scrambling to keep up with the spreading pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist Steve Plotkin writes it's time to be angry.

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Our response to the pandemic is faltering, and already a world-class failure.  It is so bad that the EU and the world is placing America in quarantine and closing its borders to U.S. visitors.  Isn’t that incredible?

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The coronavirus has left many families mourning the loss of loved ones and a yearning for a return to life as they knew once it. But Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes unlike other pandemics uncertainty clouds what will become the new normal.

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As crowds gather for July 4th and Maryland begins lifting its restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic the economic after effects could see many businesses reconfigure their operating models while others are not expected to survive. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Memo Dirikir, director of Salisbury University's Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, about the outlook for the region. (Part 2)

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