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News Roundup: The Latest on COVID-19

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Liz Lerner
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A sign sits at the parking lot at Falmouth's Woodneck Beach

We look at the latest on COVID-19 on the Cape, Coast, and Islands, and the effect the pandemic is having on our region.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks to local reporters and editors about the issue.  Her guests include: WCAI’s Sam Houghton, Eve Zuckoff, and Jennette Barnes; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette; Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; George Brennan at the Martha’s Vineyard Times; and WCAI’s Mike Deehan at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Among the stories: the possibility of an overflow patient facility in Southeastern Mass; worries about transportation to the hospital from the Outer Cape and the Islands if and when there is a surge in patients; this week’s orders from Governor Charlie Baker, including extending the ban on non-essential businesses; impacts of the pandemic on local businesses around the region; sober homes are also working to help people stay on track in recovery and safe from COVID-19; in Woods Hole, science projects are on hold; the governor reversed his decision to not allow construction bans but Nantucket selectmen strengthened theirs this week; The Martha’s Vineyard Times is stopping print editions and laying off workers because of a drop in ad revenue; the Provincetown Independent hoped an April Fool’s front page provided a laugh for readers in this tough time; politics has changed in the pandemic but it hasn’t stopped with politicians trying to sustain momentum and think of fall elections; SouthCoast health has furloughed workers amid a drop in revenue; And a nurse at the Bristol County Jail tests positive for COVID-19.

Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and hosts WCAI's Morning Edition. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.