Health officials were already worried that Pennsylvania and New Jersey wouldn’t have enough ventilators to treat the most severe COVID-19 patients, but it’s actually worse than they expected. Also, we explore how teachers are working with their schools closed, and how districts in the region are trying to address technology gaps.
Let’s also check out wine delivery and listen to some more fun podcasts to try to escape from the world.
Schools across the region are closed due to the coronavirus, but New Jersey kindergarten teacher Jill Hammel is still keeping up with her class. She’s using technology to teach remotely by posting assignments online every morning. She also chats with students via FaceTime. For some, tech and the internet work to keep instruction going.
But these options aren’t available to everyone. In Philly, few students have access to laptops, and schools are now planning to distribute computers so they can continue to learn. In rural Pennsylvania, educators are struggling with the prolonged closures. “We have areas where there’s no internet or even cell service,” said Amanda Hetrick, superintendent of the Forest Area School District. And mailing out assignments for distance learning would be costly, she said
For weeks, health officials have worried that Pennsylvania and New Jersey won’t have enough ventilators to try to save the most critical COVID-19 patients. But the situation is actually worse than they anticipated. Pennsylvania has 1,000 fewer ventilators than expected, state Health Department officials said. According to a study, at the peak of the virus’ spread, Pennsylvania could need three times as many while New Jersey has less than half of what could be needed.
Pennsylvania’s tally is “a concerningly low number,” said Jeremy M. Kahn, professor of critical care medicine and health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh. “It’s a frighteningly low number.”
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“I firmly believe it’s up to all of us to do our part in helping fill our country’s plates. So again, to all, I say, please purchase only what you need and leave the rest for your neighbor; and if you happen to find yourself with a surplus of canned goods and other nonperishables, consider donating it to your local food bank.” — writes grocery store executive Nicholas Bertram on why shoppers should stop panic-buying food.
Last week, you got some podcast recommendations from my colleague Ray Boyd. I thought I’d share some I like to listen to. Today, we’re focusing on fun and escaping from your daily life, while maybe learning a little something.
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