COVID-19 deaths hit new high in 2021, Black Friday shopping set to be impacted by supply chain issues, What’s causing higher gas prices

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UW Hospital Covid unit in November 2020
Nurses and doctors at UW Hospital walk through a hallway Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in one of the hospital’s COVID-19 units, where patients are treated for the disease. Angela Major/WPR

We check in on increased COVID-19 deaths with an infectious disease expert. Then, a supply chain expert joins us to explain how retailers will be impacted for Black Friday and holiday shopping. Later, we learn about what’s causing recent gas price increases with the help of an energy analyst.

Featured in this Show

  • The U.S. has had more Covid-19 deaths in 2021 than in 2020. As Thanksgiving approaches, here's where we are now.

    U.S. 2021 Covid-19 deaths surpassed 2020 numbers over the weekend. An infectious disease expert explains where we’re at now as case numbers surge again ahead of the holiday weekend.

  • How supply chain disruptions will affect Black Friday shopping

    Retailers are feeling the brunt of supply chain issues. We explore how that will impact consumers doing holiday shopping on Black Friday and beyond.

  • An explanation for rising gas prices and how to bring them down

    At a nationwide average of $3.40 a gallon, gas prices in the United States are at their highest level since 2014. We look at what’s driving up the cost and what it may take to bring it down – including President Biden’s move to tap its emergency oil reserves.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Dr. Jonathan Temte Guest
  • Marko Bastl Guest
  • Jim Ritterbusch Guest

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