Kelsey Guyette, a student at Eastern Oregon University, and her dog Kahlua pose for a portrait during a Zoom video call on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Eastern Oregon University has shifted to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelsey Guyette, a student at Eastern Oregon University, and her dog Kahlua pose for a portrait during a Zoom video call on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Eastern Oregon University has shifted to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • During this time of social distancing, people are using video chats and other technology to connect with friends and family down the street and around the world. Anabel Quan-Haase, a professor of Sociology and Information and Media Studies at Western University in Ontario, Canada, studies the way technology influences society. She tells us how the pandemic is affecting the way we use technology and changing how we relate to one another even as we’re physically apart.
  • Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon served as a gathering place and institution in Portland’s black community for 30 years. The shop was opened by Paul Knauls Sr. and his wife, Geneva, and operated by the Knauls family. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the family decided to close its doors permanently. Paul Knauls Jr. tells us why they decided to close and about the legacy Geneva’s is leaving behind.
  • Washington County has applied for Phase 1 reopening and is aiming to be ready to do that by June 1. Contact tracing capacity is a big part of that. We hear from public health nurse and contact tracing supervisor for the county, Christine Keating, about what that process entails and exactly what happens after the trace is done.

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