COVID-19 Impact

This page is reference guide for all COVID-related resources to help stations tell their story. If your station hasn't already done so, you can share your station's COVID-19 resources and best practices to be included here. Questions? Contact Station Services

PBS CME - Resources for Coronavirus

The PBS Children’s Media and Education team is focused on supporting children, parents and teachers in partnership with stations as we navigate the impacts of coronavirus. Check the CME Social Media Content Map for messaging, and encourage local parents to sign up for the PBS KIDS Daily. Please check back frequently for additional resources as they are being continually added.

Station Education Plans

A collection of education materials and cleared content from PBS and member stations

  • PBS available inventory
  • KLCS launched a feed they created with content currently residing in sIX
  • Marketing kit for stations
  • Distance learning resources

What You Should Know About The Novel Coronavirus

Article Bentomatic Now Available for Stations

Emergency Operations Plans

Some stations have begun sharing their plans for station employees during the outbreak.

General Resources

PBS Coronavirus-Related Programming and Resources Guide

View the Press Release regarding special primetime programs, streaming content, online resources and educational materials that are currently available and regularly updated

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A Collection from CPB: Public Media's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Coronavirus News & Resources from Public Media

From WUCF: a Meet the Helpers Bentomatic page is available to all stations with tips for families and how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus

Twin Cities PBS

In a :30 special on February 28th, 2020, TPT shared practical information from trusted medical sources so all Minnesotans know the steps to prepare for the coronavirus –also known as COVID-19- if it arrives in our communities. Guests included Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz, Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health and Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke with Hennepin Healthcare.

Visit GPB's website for Coronavirus news & Resources

On Georgia Public Broadcasting's Coronavirus page you'll find:

  • List of resources and news from the CDC, WHO and NPR
  • The Latest Information from the Georgia state government
  • Resources for Kids and Families

Other PBS Station Activities

WNIN

WNIN, Evansville Indiana is partnering with the local NBC affiliate, WFIE, to air a one-hour conversation about the virus on both channels. The program will bring together local medical experts to discuss how to be best prepared for the spread and to answer live questions. They will also be airing the coronavirus spots that are offered by South Florida TV.

KQED

KQED (Northern CA) has a dedicated web page for Coronavirus in California with official announcements from across the Bay Area, running totals of confirmed cases, and state and national resources.

WLRN

WLRN’s Coronavirus Live Updates blog provides the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida with links to the Florida Department of Health and the CDC.

WTVP

Though not typically known as a news station, WTVP has stepped up and expanded resources devoted to news and information during the COVID-19 epidemic. Multiple on-air initiatives are designed to keep viewers and the Central Illinois public engaged and informed. Learn More

NJTV

NJTV is providing daily news coverage, information about state preparedness and response, as well as economic reactions

Other Links & News Articles

El Paso Physician

PBS El Paso will air a special one hour of the El Paso Physician, with a panel of three local health experts sharing updates on the Coronavirus and answering call-in questions from our audience. This show will be live on March 12 at 7 pm MT on PBS El Paso.

UNC-TV

On UNC-TV's Emergency Management page they've included a Coronavirus briefing with Governor Cooper.

KET: Coronavirus News & Resources

Trusted experts share the latest information about the coronavirus, discuss how the state and health care providers have been preparing, and answer viewer questions. Dr. Wayne Tuckson hosts. Aired on March 10 on KET.

Plus other resources for Kids & Families

WGBH: A Community Conversation On Coronavirus

WGBH News' All Things Considered host Arun Rath will host a town hall meeting this Sunday March 8th in the Boston Museum of Science. A team of local experts including Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Dr. Larwrence Madoff and Dr. Jennifer Lo will answer questions from the public — in person and online — beginning at 3:30 p.m ET.

PBS39

PBS39 is covering the daily news surrounding hyperlocal and national events relating to Coronavirus on both PBS39 and WLVR News Platforms. They also have established a landing page where these stories are curated for folks to review. This has also been pushed out to local media to use as a resource.

WKNO

WKNO's website for COVID-19 includes:

  • Resources for Parents
  • Resources for Seniors
  • Local Medical Resources
  • FAQs

NPR's Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

NPR created this comic for kids to help explain the new coronavirus

WGCU's Coronavirus Updates

A collection of news and resources as well as a Know the Symptoms graphic

PBS Fort Wayne

On Fridays at 7 pm beginning March 20, PBS Fort Wayne is presenting hour-long live community forums with local information on the spread of the virus. Members of Allen County’s coronavirus task force and other civic leaders are situated on two sets in the studio, in addition to a phone bank comprised of health care professionals to assist with viewer questions. The show begins and ends with updates and comments from the health commissioner of Allen County.

VPM

Working with Fred Rogers Company, VPM created a series of short videos with the First Lady of Virginia and Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat about talking to your kids about these complex times. 

WTVP

  • WTVP Remote - a new broadcast channel dedicated to remote learning
  • LIVE Community Television Simulcast - Central Illinois United: A COVID-19 Townhall
  • Townhall Broadcast
  • Expanded Public Affairs Program
  • Video Encouragement, Tips & Advice
  • Children's COVID-19 Information

MPB

MPB's coronavirus facts page is updated daily with Mississippi on the virus. 

MPB saw the danger in large numbers of media videographers and tech staff gathered for the governor’s briefings. To make the briefings safer, MPB suggested to the governor’s office that the agency provide the pool feed for the state’s media and we began those duties this week. The difference in the room is noticeable and reporters now are seated in ways to foster social distancing. MPB has also started a weekly education call-in show where state administrators answer questions from the public about the ever-changing status of Mississippi’s 500,000 public school students, standards and expectations.

Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS responded to the need for up-to-date and trusted information with expanded coverage both on air and online. During the week after local schools were closed, the production and content team supplemented our weekly flagship magazine show “Mountain Lake Journal” with 30-minute nightly specials focused on the local impact and response, including extensive interviews and local stories. This update program was produced every weeknight during the critical period of March 16th through the 23rd when daily updates were essential to serving our audience.