Amid the growing concerns over the potential impact locally of the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) announced that it will be partnering directly with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to bring weekly updates on its weekly “Almanac” program, starting tonight at 8 p.m.
The purpose of the updates is to provide firsthand information from Public Health, Governor Tim Walz, the healthcare industry, cultural communities and more. The intent is to provide practical information from trusted medical sources so all Minnesotans know the steps necessary to prepare for COVID-19 if and when it arrives in our communities. The belief of many within the MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that, while it is uncertain to the extent COVID-19 will strike in the United States, the expectation is that it will eventually show up in Minnesota.
For most Wright County residents, Twin Cities PBS is located on Channel 2 for cable and satellite users, but there are other platforms when the show will be carried live or available for streaming at a later time. These include:
Channel 2.1 (https://www.tpt.org/almanac/)
Channel 2.5 (https://now.tpt.cloud/)
TPT Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/tptpbs/)
TPT Almanac Page (https://www.facebook.com/tptalmanac/)
Where to find channels in your area: https://www.tpt.org/channels/
The focus of the programming will be on the actual issues surrounding COVID-19 and ways of prevention and preparation, not fueling the panic that some news sources have been generating in recent weeks. There is no timeline for how long the weekly 30-minute programs will run, but the anticipation is that will be for the next several months.