April 8, 2020--On today's local coronavirus update, Dr. Drew Colfax welcomes Dr. Jessica McInich, Clinical Psychologist at Anderson Valley Health Center, to talk about strategies for managing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. McInich cautions that the extremes of fixating on coronavirus news or completely tuning it all out can contribute to stress, and that finding a middle ground is helpful.

Jim Culp interviews Petra Schulte, who talks about the benefits of a plant-based diet in living a longer, healthier life.


April 7, 2020--Dr. Drew Colfax is joined by his colleague Dr. JJ Allende, who works in the ICU at Ukiah Adventist Hospital for the day's local coronavirus update. There are over 400,000 case of COVID-19 nationwide, while California's infection rate has slowed to single digits, increasing at 7% per day down from 16% last week.

Don't Get Complacent: Mendo Coronavirus Update 4-6

Apr 7, 2020

April 6, 2020--The numbers of cases of coronavirus are continuing to rise across the country, but in Mendocino County totals remain the same. There have been four confirmed COVID-19 cases here and no hospitalizations, while testing is ongoing in a relatively tiny percentage of the population.


April 3, 2020--We've talked a lot about individual actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Mendocino County: sheltering in place, washing hands and avoiding touching our faces, and now wearing homemade masks when we venture out for essential tasks. Today Dr. Doohan speaks about her work as the Public Health Officer, and taking care of the entire population through COVID-19.

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Apr 1, 2020

Listen to the audio of For the Love of Reading, A Wonder Book, broadcast February 20, 2020

To hear this interview with Gaia Vince about her book, TRANSCENDENCE: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty & Time,* click on this link:

*It includes links to hear the whistle languages & other sites to articles referenced in the interview.

Alicia Bales spoke with County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchens about the response to the Corona Covid-19 Virus. As well as Becky Walker, Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent, Jodie Potter from the Laytonville School District and Deb Cuban of the Ukiah School District about off-site learning and what the future looks like for the area schools during the Shelter in Place restrictions.

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The Internal Revenue Service is under huge pressure to quickly disperse the $1,200 payments promised to most people in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Experts say it could take months for everyone to get checks — with some people possibly waiting until after they file their taxes next year.

Over the past 10 years the IRS budget has been reduced by roughly 20%, leaving the agency with aging technology and forcing it to cut back on staff and training, according to experts. The added stress of the coronavirus is already causing customer service headaches.

At one New York City hospital a doctor's used mask tore as she performed CPR on her infected patient.

In Seattle, a nurse compares walking into her intensive care unit to bathing in COVID-19.

And in St. Louis, a nurse slips her used N95 mask into a paper bag at the end of her shift and prays that it's disinfected properly.

These are scenes playing out in hospitals across the country, based on interviews with over a dozen residents, doctors and nurses who go into work every day feeling unprotected from the disease they're supposed to treat.

By this time next week, Decatur County, Tenn., will have lost its only hospital, Decatur County General, which has been serving the rural community of about 12,000 people along the Tennessee River since 1963.

The hospital's human resources director, Melinda Hays-Kirkwood, has already begun laying off people, and she says by next week only a skeleton staff will remain.

"It's hard on these employees that have been here a long time. I've got people who have been here for 30 years," Hays-Kirkwood says. "For some people, this has been their only job out of college."

Dozens of inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state have staged a brief protest after several fellow prisoners tested positive for the novel coronavirus in recent days.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the Department of Corrections Washington State said that around 6 p.m. local time more than 100 men at the prison's minimum-security unit (MSU) "began engaging in a demonstration in the recreation yard."

Linda Tripp, the government employee who secretly recorded conversations with Monica Lewinsky in the late 1990s about Lewinsky's affair with President Clinton, has died at age 70.

Tripp's death Wednesday was confirmed by Joseph Murtha, her former attorney. No cause of death was given, but news reports indicated she endured a brief case of pancreatic cancer.

Tripp started working at the White House in the Republican administration of George H.W. Bush and stayed for the early part of the Clinton administration.

The Trump administration Wednesday said it will crack down on exports of critical medical supplies, including N95 respirator masks, surgical masks and gloves needed to fight the coronavirus.

Customs and Border Protection, working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will now detain exports of these scarce medical supplies at U.S. ports. The CBP said the agencies will determine "whether to return the PPE (personal protection equipment) for use within the United States; to purchase the PPE on behalf of the United States; or, allow it to be exported."

Coronavirus case counts are rising exponentially in Africa. Since the continent saw its first case, in Egypt in mid-February, some 10,000 cases and 500 deaths have been confirmed.

Broadway shut down in March for what it thought would be a month, but with New York at the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the New York governor Andrew Cuomo, theaters will now remain shut until at least June 7th. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning by the Broadway League, an organization of theater owners and producers.

The nation's counties say they are facing major challenges meeting the demands of the coronavirus pandemic. Local governments are seeing a steep rise in the number of people seeking help from programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

After all-night talks, European finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the euro failed to agree on a program to support the European Union's coronavirus-stricken economies.


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