Covid-19 Special Program

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (WED 6.3)

Jun 3, 2020
Marc Albert

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today, we’ll follow up on demonstrations in Chico and Redding condemning the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice in the United States. We’ll also check in with Butte and Lassen counties about an uptick in COVID-19 cases, testing and contact tracing.

As of Wednesday, Butte County has 55 total cases of COVID-19. The county also reported its first coronavirus-related death this week.

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Lisa Almaguer, communications manager for Butte County Public Health, about a recent uptick in positive cases and the county’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

New research suggests misinformed beliefs about the infectiousness of COVID-19 can lead people to take a fatalistic attitude to the virus, possibly forgoing hand washing and social distancing guidelines. 

NSPR's Andre Byik recently spoke with Jesper Akesson, the lead author of the National Bureau of Economic Research working paper "Fatalism, Beliefs, and Behaviors During The Covid-19 Pandemic." Akesson worked with co-authors from the University of Oxford and Boston University, and he also is the managing director of The Behaviourlist, a consulting firm based in London. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (TUE 6.2)

Jun 2, 2020
Andrew Nixon | Capital Public Radio

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today, we’ll continue to look into protests happening in Northern California following the killing of George Floyd – and at some in the North State that won’t be happening due to a fear of possible violence. We’ll also hear about new research that says those who think the coronavirus is extremely infectious might have a fatalistic view leading them to be less likely to follow public health guidelines.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (MON 6.1)

Jun 1, 2020
Tyrone Turner | WAMU

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

After a weekend of demonstrations across the country focused on police violence and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Minnesota, we’re going to be turning over today’s show to part of an earlier statewide conversation discussing how this moment is affecting black Californians and where we go from here.

Sonoma State

Another 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week as the coronavirus continues ripping through our nation’s economy. There are now 40 million people unemployed, translating to an official unemployment rate of 14.7%.

Is this just a blip? Or do long-term economic impacts lie ahead?

To make sense of this exploding unemployment and its ripple effects, NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Dr. Robert Eyler, professor of economics and director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. He’s also the dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 5.29)

May 29, 2020
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This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today we’re focusing entirely on the economy – taking a look at the current wilting financial system we’re living in and what it might look like in the future. 

 

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention

As Butte County continues to reopen, the work of identifying cases of COVID-19 in the community continues. Along with that comes the task of identifying who those infected have come into contact with to try to further limit the spread of the disease.

NSPR’s Andre Byik spoke Wednesday with Monica Soderstrom, division director of Community Health for Butte County Public Health, about how the county is investigating cases, and what they’ve learned in the process.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THUR 5.28)

May 28, 2020
CSU Chico

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today we’ll hear about Butte County’s contact tracing and case investigation efforts – learning what exactly contact tracing is and why it’s a critical component toward containing COVID-19. We’ll also hear from Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson about how the pandemic could affect things like funding and student enrollment at the university.

Local Wiki

Last month we checked in on businesses around the North State about whether they received funding from the emergency federal grant and loan programs launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on what the stay-at-home order meant for their employees and business.

Now as our region is moving further into Stage 2 of California’s reopening, we’re again checking the pulse of regional businesses. 

NSPR’s Ken Devol interviewed five North State business leaders about how they’ve been adjusting. Here are highlights from those conversations with the owners and spokespersons from Cafe Coda in Chico, the Allies Pub in Chico, Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, Yaks Coffee & Eatery in Mt. Shasta and Dunsmuir, and Rub-A-Dub-Dog Grooming in Red Bluff.

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