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A COVID-19 testing site opened on the South Coast this week. As with other testing locations, it’s a drive-through site staffed by nurses in full protective gear.

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As case numbers continue to rise, local hospitals cope with a shortage of protective gear. Governor Baker orders nonessential bricks-and-mortar businesses to close and extends the school shutdown until May. The Islands attempt a contruction ban, but it's no so easy. And local volunteers take up the call to sew protective masks.

The whole “no school” thing is wearing thin, even for kids. To help maintain their connections with teachers and classmates, Provincetown is offering daily video conferencing.

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There are important parallels between a global pandemic and climate change. One moves with incredible speed, the other more slowly, but both have the power to drastically change our way of life. We talk with Philip Duffy, President and CEO of the Woods Hole Research Center, about lessons from the pandemic that can help shape our response to climate change and the opportunities we have at this moment to shift our thinking and behavior around the threat of climate change. 

 

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Research shows people are more likely to stick with an exercise routine and push themselves harder if they’re exercising with other people. With gyms and fitness studios closed for the foreseeable future and social distancing the new normal, what happens to those of us who suddenly find our exercise routines upended? Joining us to discuss how we can adapt is Jana Faiky, owner and trainer at Fitness Directions, a studio offering fitness classes and personal training in Falmouth. 

 

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On The Point, we explore how and why might we do mindfulness practice with kids and others in our households. Our guest Adam Liss, Director of Cape Stress Reduction & Optimal Health, uses Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help people find balance and ease, and improve the quality of daily life. 

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Cape Cod Healthcare says it could run out of at least one type of personal protective equipment in as little as eight days if no replenishment arrives.

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Towns on Martha's Vineyard have shelter-in-place orders in effect as officials attempt to curb the rise of COVID-19. Those orders include a ban on construction. Governor Charlie Baker pushed back on Wednesday, saying island towns could not issue orders that contradict or supercede what Baker himself put in place. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Chilmark Selectman James Malkin to talk about how he and other island officials are responding. 

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Sarah Reynolds North is marking time with bread. She starts each night around 10pm.

It’s a late night feeding of special sourdough. Her kids are asleep and she’s alone in the kitchen. It's just one little step before bed for her daily bread.

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Nearly 7 million Massachusetts residents have been advised to stay home, but that doesn’t apply to those who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and projects.

 

Paul, a construction laborer in Hyannis, didn’t want to use his last name for fear of retribution, but said the company he works for employs around 100 people who repair roads and maintains sewers. That means he and his partner still have to go to work. 

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An 88-year-old Brewster man is the first to die from Covid-19 on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Chronicle reports the Reverend Richard Ottaway, an Episcopal priest and college professor, died Sunday night at Cape Cod Hospital. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Tim Wood, editor at the Cape Cod Chronicle to learn more. 

Books on Sisters

Mar 25, 2020

Sharing their choices of fiction and non-fiction books on sisters, Kellie Porter from the Woods Hole Library and Jill Erickson, reference librarian at the Falmouth Public Library, join our host Mindy Todd on The Point. 

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Wednesday was the first full day Governor Charlie Baker's order to close all non-essential businesses was in effect. But Provincetown, and several other local towns, issued even stricter limitations in the hope of stemming the spread of COVID-19 before Baker issued his new restrictions.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Steve Katsurinis, Board of Health Chairman in Provincetown, about the town's emergency shelter-in-place order that went into effect Monday.   

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In this time of social distancing, I’ve been noticing some strange things in my neighborhood – my neighbors. People and dogs I’ve never seen before are now sauntering down the road, perhaps venturing further from their house on some nearby road than they ever before dared on foot. And though state decision makers seem to still be in a little bit of denial about how exponential growth curves work, we may be headed towards “stay at home” orders, rather than just advisories, soon, meaning we will continue to spending a lot of time in our neighborhoods.

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While toilet paper is in high demand and low supply, some may be turning to sanitary wipes, but towns throughout the state are urging people to stop flushing them before it’s too late.

“[Wipes] are the bane of every wastewater treatment operator in the world and every septic maintenance guy in the world,” said Brian Baumgaertel, director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic Test Center in Sandwich. “They can easily plug up the pumps and all the electronic stuff that’s keeping the wastewater moving away from your home.” 

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