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Seg. 1: Rep. Sharice Davids | Seg. 2: Coronavirus & Communication | Seg. 3: Art & Social Distancing

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Friends and neighbors in Westwood, Kansas, gather while maintaining social distance.

Segment 1: "I'm going to continue to work really hard, I'm just going to do it from home," said U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids.

Despite deciding to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, Kansas' U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said she's still working to ensure any stimulus package out of the Capitol prioritizes people who need it most. She also emphasized the importance of practicing social distancing, listening to public health officials and taking the coronavirus situation seriously.

Segment 2, beginning at 15:13: How to practice social distancing without social isolation

To stem the spread of coronavirus, people have been told to physically distance themselves. It means  friends and neighbors have had to get creative about connecting with others while heeding the recommended six-foot distance.

Segment 3, beginning at 33:08: The arts community is being hit especially hard by social distancing.

Most arts organizations in town have canceled performances — some have completely shut down. That's hitting everyone's revenue streams pretty hard, including independent artists who rely on crowds or personal contact to make their money. Many are now rethinking the way they bring art to the community.

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