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VPM Daily Newscast: March 31, 2020

Boxes of equipment
Tens of thousands of pieces of protective gear have been donated to front line care workers in Charlottesville. (Photo: Jake Gold

During the coronavirus outbreak, VPM is running a daily newscast of our reporting, hosted by Benjamin Dolle. Episodes are recorded at 6 p.m. and released at 7 a.m. the next day, Tuesday through Friday.

In this episode:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order today, days after saying it wasn't necessary. What changed his mind: Large gatherings at beaches over the weekend.
  • State officials want people filing for unemployment to remember to file every week - and watch out for scams.
  • The Equip C'Ville Drive says it's received thousands of protective equipment donations from industries and local people who DIY masks and other medical supplies.
  • Some 16,000 Richmond students may lack the technology they need for distance learning following coronavirus shutdowns. The school district has a plan to help them with laptops, WiFi hotspots.
  • With families spending more time together than normal, VPM spoke to an expert on how parents can talk to their kids about COVID-19.
  • Lucretia Anderson is a mom, teacher, actor, writer, and life coach - and it's that last skill set that's helping her and her children cope through the grief of social distancing and isolation. Anderson is the next audio diarist in our series where local people tell their stories.

This episode was recorded at 6 p.m., March 30.


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