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Alecia Orsini

The 2 trillion dollar stimulus package Congress passed late last month includes nearly $350 billion in help for small businesses. Lawmakers say the goal is to get the money into the hands of business owners as quickly as possible, and competition for the funds could be fierce.

Alecia Orsini

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds on Cape Cod, the Barnstable County health director has played a unique role in getting out information.

On his daily conference call with local media, Sean O’Brien gives a Cape-wide count of cases and answers questions.

While he keeps it short, his role is unique because few, if any, other Massachusetts counties have a comparable public health official.

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Each year on the first night of Passover, nearly 30 family members gather in Susan Wasser’s Hyannis home. 


“My favorite part—most people will say it’s the food—but I think it’s the singing, especially… after a few glasses of wine [it] gets a little fun,” she said. “And I think it’s just being all together, doing the same thing every year.” 

Liz Lerner

Massachusetts' chief medical examiner is creating a backup morgue in a sports arena at Fitchburg State University, but so far, there are no plans for a similar facility on Cape Cod.

A nurse at Cape Cod Hospital says staff have enough supplies to care for COVID-19 patients, but they’re anxious about running out, and about bringing the virus home to their families.

The Forgetting, A Special Edition: Dementia In The Age of Coronavirus

Recorded March 27, 2020

The world is getting a sense of the isolation, frustration and fear that Alzheimer patients and the people who care for them live with every day. David and Greg discuss how everyone’s lives have changed during this pandemic in this Special Edition of The Forgetting. Their hope is that people can develop a better understanding and empathy for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia from this shared experience.

Bob Seay

A local radio DJ in his 70s has died of COVID-19.


John Perrone, of Provincetown, succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Cape Cod Hospital, according to WOMR, a local community radio station, based on information from Perrone’s cousin.


The Navy-veteran-turned-volunteer-DJ is remembered for his love of Motown and soul music, which he played on WOMR Tuesday nights for the last 20 years. 

Liz Lerner

Organizations that serve people with disabilities are working hard to help them adapt to social distancing and protect them from COVID-19.

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As the world around us reels, 57-year-old Susan McLaughlin bakes cookies. 

“Cookies, breads,” she said. “I will experiment because in sober living, even without the pandemic, these girls will eat anything.”

McLaughlin’s been staying in a sober living house in Mashpee for almost two years after alcohol nearly took her life.

A nurse at the Bristol County correctional complex in Dartmouth has tested positive for COVID-19. She worked with immigration detainees, who sleep in a communal bunkroom.

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Twelve COVID-19 patients on Cape Cod are so ill they have been placed in intensive care.


Liz Lerner

Hotels, motels, inns, and short term rentals can only host displaced Massachusetts residents and essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, according to state orders announced Tuesday. 

That order includes healthcare workers, first responders, and those who are trying to self-quarantine, and exlcudes those seeking vacation or leisure.  

Eve Zuckoff

At Orleans Whole Food Store on the town’s Main Street the phone is almost always ringing now.  


For the umpteenth time, clerk Elaine Peluso-Farris helped a customer place an order for curbside pickup. 


“A clam shell?,” she repeats back. “Yeah, we are pretty wiped out. Let me see what I have.”


This is the the new normal for the specialty grocery store: plexiglass barriers, a ban on reusable bags, and a new delivery service by local honors students. 

Liz Lerner

No more babies will be born at Falmouth Hospital as of next Monday, April 6. Cape Cod Healthcare is moving its obstetric and inpatient pediatric units to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.


The $2 trillion dollar stimulus package the President signed last week is far-reaching and includes money for individuals and provisions aimed at stemming the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Representative William Keating (D-Mass.) about what's in the bill and what he's working on to address the pandemic.