April 23rd, 2021
Since the start of the pandemic, some Wyoming residents and business owners have indicated that state officials, especially the governor and the state health officer, had a heavy handed approach to health orders. While many people and businesses suffered financially, state officials did try to reduce those impacts.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of changes for those in the foodservice industry. And when statewide health orders were rolled back in mid-March, businesses responded in different ways. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel has the story.
The pandemic has brought the public health industry into the limelight. Public health officials and employees have been politicized, emotionally abused and threatened by the public. And for an industry that is not used to this, employees are getting burned out. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska has more.
The pandemic impact on mental health has been felt by many, from adults to children. But for college students, that may include the entire reshaping of what they thought their college experience would be like. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with psychologist and Assistant Director of the University of Wyoming's Counseling Center Julio Brionez on how students are faring during the pandemic.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on how the pandemic may have changed things. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Brittni Frederiksen, a senior policy analyst for the foundation. She says one thing that really shifted -- was more women getting certain kinds of care from home.
Last year, we heard from a first-time, expecting mother who'd be delivering her newborn during a pandemic - something Vanessa Hoene never thought she'd be in. One year later, we check back in with Hoene and some other new moms who shared the same experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao reports.
There was curiosity about how the pandemic might impact the housing market in Wyoming… whether folks would downsize or upgrade, whether there would be an influx of buyers or not. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim spoke with Lingle State Representative Shelley Duncan, who owns a Real Estate Firm, to get a feeling for what actually unfolded.
Nonprofits are all over this state, in every industry. They can range from social services, like homeless shelters to art and community centers. And when they can't provide services, communities feel the impacts. COVID-19 has highlighted exactly that. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler found out how some plan to move into the future.
Pandemic Pivots Arapaho Language Program To Virtual Instruction
The idea was to get more students at St. Stephens school interested in becoming fluent in learning Arapaho. Teachers had a plan and then the pandemic hit. Wyoming Public Radio's Taylar Stagner finds out more about a language immersion program that turned to virtual instruction to help save a dying language.