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Truman Med's Winter Preparations | College Life Under Pandemic

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
A coronavirus tester at Truman Medical Center Lakewood approaches a vehicle in the drive-through testing tent in Lee's Summit.

How a Kansas City medical facility is preparing for a seasonal surge of coronavirus cases, and what college life is like when pandemic precautions are changing nearly everything.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:55: In October, eight area hospitals have had to divert ambulances due to a high number of COVID-19 patients.

Doctors and hospital administrators are dealing with an incredible amount of uncertainty right now, and current conditions at a hospital could change quickly. How Truman Medical Centers are prepared for an expected surge of coronavirus cases, compounded by the start of flu season.

  • Charlie Shields, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers
  • Dr. Mark Steele, chief medical officer of Truman Medical Centers

Segment 2, beginning at 30:18: Coping with a college senior year like none other

You could say this is a pretty weird year for college students, especially those on the cusp of graduating and entering the job market. For an honest portrayal of what campus life is like, we asked the people who always know what’s going on on — student journalists.

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