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Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now available in Amarillo. 

According to a press release from the City of Amarillo, individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can call the Amarillo Public Health Department at 806-378-6300. If those symptoms warrant a test, you will be directed to the drive-thru facility for testing.

As the coronavirus situation unfolds, we at High Plains Public Radio understand and appreciate the concerns you and your families may be facing during these challenging and uncertain times.

https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/

Oklahoma has seen a dramatic uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 377 reported cases as of Saturday and 15 deaths. The counties of Le Flore and Nowata are now required to come into compliance with Gov. Kevin Stitt's Safer at Home order issued Monday. 

https://covid19.colorado.gov/case-data

Baca County, Colorado, along with several other Colorado counties, are reporting their first cases of COVID-19.  As of Friday, eastern Colorado counties reporting COVID-19 cases, and their respective number of cases, are as follows: Baca (1), Logan (3), Morgan (4), Washington (1), Yuma (2), Lincoln (1), Kit Carson (2), Crowley (1), Otero (2).

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Throughout today's program, we hear from Americans about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting their lives and their thoughts.

The losses of the coronavirus pandemic became personal for many Americans this week. More people lost jobs. More people had to worry about their health. And more people died. These names are just a few among so many who gave something to our lives.

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The fact that there are no sports doesn't mean it's not time for sports.

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“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” That is certainly true in 2020. At High Plains Public Radio this year, I expected that the presidential election would be the big story of the year. And we had been planning for a big membership drive in March to help sustain the station through the typically lean summer months.

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I miss work. I know as I say this that I'm blessed to have rewarding work as a lot of Americans suddenly don't. Working from home for most of the week has made me marvel at how much so many can do these days, on laptops and small screens.

But spending most of the workday in bedroom slippers, pondering whether to shave, shampoo or even brush my teeth — because after all, who'll see me besides my family? — also reminds me how much we can miss the walls, cubicles, hallways and, most of all, the people in our workplaces.

ROGERS, KENNY

Mar 21, 2020

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"Black Monday" is a comedy about the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. Worst crash until this one, of course...

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DON CHEADLE: (As Mo Monroe) Mo is back, baby.

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This pandemic is having a profound effect on the lives of students and teachers.

High Plains Public Radio was honored to be recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week as they celebrated "Kansas Day" on "Station Sunday." On Facebook, their note stated, "We’re happy to celebrate #KansasDay on this #StationSunday.

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And now to Turkey and a boarding school near Istanbul, which is a home to children caught in a geopolitical struggle. They're ethnic Uighurs who have escaped repression in China - their parents weren't so fortunate. They've been swept up in China's mass arrests back home. Joanna Kakissis went to meet the children as part of her series looking at Uighurs in Turkey.

JOANNA KAKISSIS, BYLINE: Is this your room?

NURZAT: Mmm hmm.

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Now, what if I told you that 33,000 years ago, the hunter-gatherer version of a Facebook like came in the form of a bead? White, creamy and looking a bit like a Cheerio, these beads were made from the eggshells of ostriches. A new study finds that people in the Kalahari in southern Africa exchange the ostrich-egg beads as a lavish and visible sign of, well, being friends.

Every year, NPR's Stephen Thompson compiles The Austin 100 — a playlist of his favorite artist discoveries ahead of the SXSW Music Festival. Though this year's festival was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus, The Austin 100 will still publish on Monday, the day the music performances were supposed to begin. NPR's Renee Montagne spoke to Stephen Thompson about a few of the artists featured in this year's roundup.

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Of course, the cancellation of South by Southwest is just one of many cancellations announced this weekend - another reminder of the power of the virus to disrupt both cultural and economic life. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

The toll of coronavirus in the U.S. and around the world is being told in the numbers of people who have died, been infected, tested or quarantined — and the economic costs of canceled events, vacations and travel. But there's another consequence that's harder to categorize.

At least 10 residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Wash., have died from the virus; more may have died without being tested. Older people, including those with respiratory problems, are considered to be especially vulnerable.

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Updated at 10:22 a.m. ET

The U.S. and the Taliban have struck a deal that paves the way for eventual peace in Afghanistan. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad and the head of the militant Islamist group, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, signed the potentially historic agreement Saturday in Doha, Qatar, where the two sides spent months hashing out its details.

As new cases of coronavirus infection slow in China, the country is gradually getting back to work. Authorities and businesses are taking a range of measures: Local governments are chartering buses for workers. Some companies are buying out entire hotels to house quarantined staff. A temporarily shuttered movie studio is even loaning employees to factories that are short on labor.

Years ago, I covered a protest by thousands of people in their underwear.

Civil servants in Calcutta, now called Kolkata, opposed a plan to replace the nylon kurta, that loose, long blouse worn by many Indian government workers, with kurtas made of cotton khadi cloth. Millions of government workers wearing home-spun khadi could help build India's village industries. It seemed such a right thing to do.

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Add a dash of lemon - time for sports.

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