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A nurse at Cape Cod Hospital says hospital employees are being asked to reuse N95 masks.

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Science centers in Woods Hole are trying to do their part, as hospitals across the region put out pleas for more n-95 face masks and other gear to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus infection. 

Alecia Orsini

  Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering all nonessential businesses to close tomorrow at noon until April 7th, but there is no shelter-in-place order for private citizens.


Guards and medical staff are taking extra precautions with inmates at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne, as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to grow. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Sheriff James Cummings about what he's doing to screen inmates and staff in an effort to keep COVID-19 from contaminating the jail.

Poetry Sunday: Barry Hellman

Mar 22, 2020

Barry Hellman reads his poem, "When My Father Left."

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test, that can deliver results in less than an hour.

Cepheid, a Silicon Valley diagnostics company, made the announcement on Saturday, saying it has received emergency authorization from the government to use the test.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI


The Falmouth Public Schools distributed Chromebooks and packets of homework Friday to students in Grades 3 through 5 to help them learn at home during the COVID-19 closure.

Jennifer Junker

The first confirmed coronavirus cases have appeared across the region, in Barnstable, Plymouth, and Bristol Counties. One week into statewide closures, shutdowns, and quarantine, there are still unanswered questions about testing and about supporting people now out of work.


Mar 19, 2020
J. Junker

While many of us are itching to get into our outdoor gardens, it’s still a little early to dig in. On The Point, we talk with Marsha Potash about indoor plants: exotics, easy keepers, and tips to keep indoor plants healthy and happy. We also take indoor plant questions from listeners.


Coronavirus Resources

Mar 19, 2020

Here you’ll find a list of coronavirus resources for residents of The Cape, South Coast, and Islands. 


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