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As the nation makes progress in vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus there is still a good deal of hesitancy. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Amy Gutierrez, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for UC Health and a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, about the challenges ahead.

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The state of Delaware is pushing to dispel some of the myths about the COVID 19 vaccince, especially within immigrant communities. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at what is being done in Delaware to dispel vaccination hesitancy in the Hispanic population. (Part 2)

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As the nation pushes to get more people vaccinated against the coronavirus, there are communities that have lagged behind -- especially those with significant numbers of undocumented immigrants. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the Haitian and Hispanic communities in Delaware beginning with the hurdles many of them face. (Part 1)

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With the end of the coronavirus pandemic in sight, many are beginning to search for work again as businesses open up. But, in a survey by Strayer University over 50 percent of working women are spending up to five hours a day on line searching for a new job. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with university president Andrea Backman about the results and the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.

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The year's long COVID 19 pandemic has taken a toll on businesses and workers alike as they scrambled to adjust. But, it also led to a surge in skilled freelancers who found they could work from home while businesses were able to use their talents. Brent Messenger is vice president of public policy with Fiverr which provides services to independent contractors. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about the impact of the pandemic on this kind of work.

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The Biden administration hopes to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the nation's population against the coronavirus. However, there has been some hesitancy toward the vaccine that could put that number in doubt. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Janis Orlowski, Chief Health Care Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, about some of the concerns that many have expressed about the vaccine.

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India is now struggling with the second wave of COVID 19 with hospitals and cemeteries overwhelmed by the virus. The events have seen the Indian community in Delaware organizing relief efforts and keeping track of their loved ones and friends. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Muqtedar Khan, a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware about the impact of the virus in his home country.

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Mother's Day is coming after a year of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Beth Battaglino, an RN and Covid 19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project convener and CEO of Health Women, about precautions to take during this weekend's celebrations.

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While the nation has been picking up speed with the vaccination effort against COVID 19, there are some hurdles ahead. Host Don Rush talks with Dr. Mike Murphy, emergency room physician at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about reports of blood clots, vaccine hesitancy and other issues facing the rollout.

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With the nation rapidly putting shots into arms in the vaccination effort against COVID 19, there is a growing number of appointments going unfilled. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about the hesitancy by many not to get the vaccine. (Part 2)

Full interview can be heard on Delmarva Today 4/23/21.

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Around 25 percent of the nation's population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. But, issues have arisen with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about this latest development. (Part 1)

Full interview will be aired on Delmarva Today on Friday at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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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 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 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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