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Mayor Jake Day told an audience during his State of the City address last night that Salisbury had achieved much in the past year despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Mayor also announced that a street will be named after the outgoing President of Salisbury University Charles Wight. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Mayor after his address about the pandemic's impact on the city.

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With schools boards beseiged by parents who object to their children wearing masks, a new study by the ECRI Institute has found that cloth masks can be effective against COVID 19 in school settings. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's President and CEO Dr. Marcus Schabacker who says that in conjunction with other efforts such as social distancing the masks can reduce the spread of the virus.

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With the coming of COVID 19 vaccines the cruise ship industry is coming back to life with Baltimore being one of the major ports on the East Coast. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Tom McAlpin, President & CEO of Virgin Voyages, about what is being done to ensure passenger safety and the outlook for the coming year.

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Delaware Governor John Carney announced that teachers will be required to either be vaccinated or undergo regular testing beginning next month. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Shelley Meadowcroft, spokesperson for the Delaware State Education Association, who praised the new regulations.

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Mask and vaccine mandates have seen the disruption of school board meetings and Republican governors barring such requirements. Michael O'Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, writes that individual rights must often yield to the public good.

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The Wicomico County Board of Education adopted the state's mask mandate for the public school system. Around 50 to a hundred showed up most to protest the required mask wearing by students. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush was there and has this report.

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The school is about to begin. But, as students pile back into the classroom COVID 19 is still in the air. This time it's the more contageous Delta variant. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Joan Smith, president of the Wicomico County Education Association, about district plans that include the wearing of masks.

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The nation is facing a number of crises from COVID 19 and Climate Change to an assault on the Democracy. Salisbury Unviersity Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin writes that many of these crises are faced with political indifference.

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There has been a 2% increase in positive cases for COVID 19 in the state of Maryland. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Eastern Shore emergency room physician Mike Murphy about the increase and a possible a rise in the fall.

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The Delaware Department of Education has entered a $15 million partnership with the Quidel Corporation to provide rapid testing for COVID 19 at schools around the state. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Rick Prescatore, the Division of Public Health Physician, about the state's efforts to fight the pandemic.

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Independence Day is not just a time for grilling in the backyard. But it is also a time for reflection upon the nation itself after the long coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of last year's presidential election. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the success of the vaccine rollout and the battle over the very nature of American politics.

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July 4th was not simply a moment to celebrate the nation's birth, but also a time for many to finally emerge from the isolation that has been the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with many who arrived at Ocean City to enjoy the sun.

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Over the last year Americans have feared the coronavirus as it spread across the nation. But, there has also been a spate of mass shootings which has raised concerns about gun violence. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Rebecca Edwards, a Safewise Security Expert, about what the 2021 State of Safety Survey found about the fears that Americans have.

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As the nation makes progress in vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus there is still a good deal of hesitancy. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Amy Gutierrez, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for UC Health and a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, about the challenges ahead.

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The state of Delaware is pushing to dispel some of the myths about the COVID 19 vaccince, especially within immigrant communities. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at what is being done in Delaware to dispel vaccination hesitancy in the Hispanic population. (Part 2)

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As the nation pushes to get more people vaccinated against the coronavirus, there are communities that have lagged behind -- especially those with significant numbers of undocumented immigrants. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the Haitian and Hispanic communities in Delaware beginning with the hurdles many of them face. (Part 1)

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With the end of the coronavirus pandemic in sight, many are beginning to search for work again as businesses open up. But, in a survey by Strayer University over 50 percent of working women are spending up to five hours a day on line searching for a new job. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with university president Andrea Backman about the results and the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.

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The year's long COVID 19 pandemic has taken a toll on businesses and workers alike as they scrambled to adjust. But, it also led to a surge in skilled freelancers who found they could work from home while businesses were able to use their talents. Brent Messenger is vice president of public policy with Fiverr which provides services to independent contractors. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about the impact of the pandemic on this kind of work.

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The Biden administration hopes to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the nation's population against the coronavirus. However, there has been some hesitancy toward the vaccine that could put that number in doubt. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Janis Orlowski, Chief Health Care Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, about some of the concerns that many have expressed about the vaccine.

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India is now struggling with the second wave of COVID 19 with hospitals and cemeteries overwhelmed by the virus. The events have seen the Indian community in Delaware organizing relief efforts and keeping track of their loved ones and friends. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Muqtedar Khan, a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware about the impact of the virus in his home country.

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