Tested Tested is a daily look at how North Carolina is dealing with Covid-19, and what we North Carolinians are learning about ourselves in the face of a global crisis. Hosted by journalist Dave DeWitt. Produced at WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio.
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Tested is a daily look at how North Carolina is dealing with Covid-19, and what we North Carolinians are learning about ourselves in the face of a global crisis. Hosted by journalist Dave DeWitt. Produced at WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio.

Most Recent Episodes

Congregate Living

Even if the term is unfamiliar, the situation probably isn't. If you've ever lived in a college dormitory, you've been in a congregate living situation... where you live side-by-side with other people, maybe sharing bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and various public spaces. That term has taken on new importance now, especially in places like nursing homes. It's led Governor Roy Cooper to issue new rules. As the numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to climb, so do the number of

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State Vs Federal

In a conference call on March 16, President Donald Trump told governors it should try to get ventilators and other life-saving equipment on their own. Three-and-a-half weeks later, states are competing against each other and against other countries for a limited supply of PPE, ventilators, and other vital tools in combating COVID-19. We talk to Rose Hoban, editor of North Carolina Health News, about how that dynamic between the federal and state government is playing out in hospitals.

Predicting The Curve

Predicting how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out in North Carolina is a difficult task. Yesterday, some of the state's best minds from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and RTI crunched the data and offered up their best prediction for what hospitals could expect. Their message: We need to stay home for a longer period of time. We talk with WUNC's Will Michaels. He spends most of his waking hours watching the numbers and the various models, and he explains the importance of yesterday's prediction.

Protection

Hospital administrators across North Carolina are planning for every scenario they might face during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to UNC Health officials, one of those contingency plans is what to do if half of their providers get sick with COVID-19. A large-scale survey released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is clear: The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) that might keep that from happening is frightening. We talk with

Charlotte

North Carolina's largest city is also the first serious outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. Hospitalizations there are increasing rapidly, and officials are preparing to be overrun. On Friday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper made it clear that North Carolina, like every other state, is pretty much on its own, as the federal government has only fulfilled 33 percent of the requests for supplies and equipment, and told state officials not to expect anything more. We take a look at what's happening in

Stress

We all have a role to play in this pandemic. For the majority of us, it's to stay home, stay away from others, and do our best to manage our lives through the next few weeks of social distancing. For some, unanswered questions are a cause of stress, but for others, the stress is more acute and focused - people who have loved ones who are sick, or those fighting the disease on the front lines, in hospitals across North Carolina. We talk today with Shevaun Neupert. She's a professor of psychology

Models

It's hard to know what, exactly, to expect here. Is North Carolina going to be like New York? Or New Orleans? Will we see our hospitals overrun? Or might we get to where the Bay Area is? Early and decisive actions seem to have made a difference there. As of now, hospitals in northern California are not overrun, and the curve there might just be flattening. Today on Tested, we talk to Rose Hoban from North Carolina Health News about which states might serve as a bellwether for what North Carolina

Teaching And Learning

These are unprecedented times for school administrators, educators, students, and parents. For so many, school is not just where classes take place, it's the primary social gathering place. And some things, like proms and graduations, will be lost forever. On today's episode of Tested, we talk to WUNC's two education reporters, Cole del Charco and Liz Schlemmer, about the seismic shift at all levels of North Carolina's education system.

Numbers

On CNN over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci brought up some frightening numbers, including that the country can expect 100,000-200,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Proportionally, that would mean between 3,000-6,000 people would die in North Carolina. But right now, the most important number here is hospitalizations. DHHS puts that number at 137 currently, and it's very likely to go up. Way up. We talk with Rose Hoban, the editor and founder of North Carolina Health News, about what numbers to watch,

We're Number One

The United States has overtaken China, Italy, and every other country in the world in the number of documented COVID-19 cases. It's a dubious and troubling honor, to be sure. And it caps a week unlike any before it, around the globe and here in North Carolina. On a day when Governor Roy Cooper issues a statewide stay-at-home order, host Dave DeWitt speaks Rose Hoban, editor of North Carolina Health News, about how we will know when the curve is starting to flatten in the state.

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