Martin Kaste

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After COVID-19 Hit The U.S., Our New Reality Started

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The U.S. hit a grim milestone on Wednesday — 100,000 people have died in this country from COVID-19. We reflect on this moment with three journalists in different regions of the country.


Snail Mail And Debit Cards: How Washington State Was Bilked Out Of Millions

Friday, May 22, 2020

Officials say the scammers took advantage of vulnerabilities in the system as the state rushed to get unemployment benefits to people quickly.


Washington State Hit Hard By Unemployment Fraud

Friday, May 22, 2020

Washington state has lost hundreds of millions of dollars to unemployment fraud, the most extreme case so far of the scams thriving nationwide in the uncertain conditions created by the pandemic.


The Pandemic Creates A Perfect Environment For New Types Of Fraud

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The pandemic has caused fear, uncertainty and unpredictability, as well as lavished new forms of government aid. It became a perfect environment for scammers.


Reopening Sparks The Debate About Who Should Enforce Social-Distancing Rules

Monday, May 18, 2020

As states reopen under new social-distancing rules, the question of whether police should enforce these rules arises. But some say that it might hurt the police's relationship with the public.


Police Back Off From Social Distancing Enforcement

Friday, May 15, 2020

As states re-open under new pandemic rules, enforcement often falls to the police. But some people — including some police — think that's a bad idea.


Policing Is Changing In The Age of Social Distancing

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Police departments are facing a new reality in the era of coronavirus. As familiar categories of crime fade, officers are being asked to handle unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable new assignments.


First Responders Want Prior Warning About Who Has Coronavirus

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Police and paramedics are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and some say public health departments should help protect them by providing the addresses of people with the virus.


Washington State Builds Coronavirus Contact Tracing 'Fire Brigade'

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Public health experts say finding and isolating coronavirus patients will be key to reopening public life. That's going to take a lot of work.


States And Hospitals Are Sourcing Their Own PPE From China

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

States and hospitals aren't just counting on the federal government for personal protective equipment. They're wading into the import business themselves, sourcing their own supplies from China.


'I Felt Like Rip Van Winkle': One Of The 1st U.S. Doctors With COVID-19 Is Back Home

Monday, April 13, 2020

He was the unnamed doctor in his 40s reported to be clinging to life, one of the earliest cases of an American health care worker laid low by COVID-19. He says timely medical interventions saved him.


Washington State Returns Unused Army Hospital As COVID-19 Curve Flattens

Thursday, April 09, 2020

State has decided that other parts of the country need the 250-bed facility more, but the governor said this doesn't mean Washington is "out of the woods."


If Critical Supplies Run Out, Here's How Hospitals Will Make Tough Choices

Saturday, April 04, 2020

If crucial medical resources such as ventilators are in short supply, hospitals are supposed to follow ethics protocols to decide who gets treated. But those rules vary, and aren't always clear.


Ventilator Shortages Loom As States Ponder Rules For Rationing

Friday, April 03, 2020

Many states are projected to have excessive demand for ventilator machines in the coming weeks, but no state government has formally asked hospitals to prepare for difficult and complex crisis triage.


Report Of Drop In Hospitalizations Sounds Like Good News, But There's A Catch

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Washington State reports dropping hospitalizations, and hospitals in San Francisco seeing less patient load than feared. But those facts require context.


Coronavirus Updates: Social Distancing Guidelines Extended, Washington State News

Monday, March 30, 2020

NPR science, national and White House correspondents relay the latest updates in the United States response to the coronavirus epidemic.


'Glimmer of Hope': When Can We Say Social Distancing Is Working?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Governors in New York and Washington have pointed to early signs that the increase of new coronavirus cases is flattening. How to look up — and interpret — the progress in your state.


How New York, California And Washington Are Dealing With COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What are the hospital and systems capacities in the three states hardest hit by the coronavirus? We go to our reporters in New York, California and Washington state.


Seattle Hospitals Brace For Wave Of COVID-19 Patients

Friday, March 20, 2020

The wave of critical patients is expected to arrive first at Seattle-area hospitals, which have spent recent weeks trying to shore up supplies of "staff and stuff." No one is sure they have enough.


Prisons And Jails Worry About Becoming Coronavirus 'Incubators'

Friday, March 13, 2020

Inmates and guards don't have the option of staying home during a coronavirus outbreak, so detention centers risk becoming "incubators" for the disease. Some are scrambling to mitigate the risk.