Local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch
RESCHEDULED: COVID-19 and the Childcare Crisis: Panel and Call-in Show, Weds. Sept 30, 6-7pm
Join WRFI Community Radio for a panel discussion and call-in show on Wednesday, September 30 from 6-7pm that will explore the local impacts of the childcare crisis, and how the novel coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated those issues.
Sue Dale Hall, CEO of the Child Development Council, and Tracy Robbins, Director of Northeast Kids Count will join WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt in conversation about the childcare crisis that existed well before the COVID-19 shut down - in addition to the shifts in local childcare needs and operations in the last 6 months, the present situation, and what’s at stake for parents, kids, and childcare providers going forward.
In the second half of the broadcast, we invite you to call in to share YOUR concerns and questions about the impacts of the childcare crisis and COVID-19 on parents, kids, and childcare providers in our community. The number to call at 6:30pm on Wednesday is 607-441-9734.
Tune in and join the conversation. 88.1FM Ithaca, 91.9FM Watkins Glen, and right here on our website. You can also tune in to the Facebook live event, linked below.
Past Town Halls - Stay tuned for more to come...
Advice on Cloth Face Coverings from the CDC
This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. On April 15, 2020, NYS Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the use of masks.
Surgical face masks and N95 respirators are in short supply. Existing supplies are needed for medical facilities and caregivers. Learn to make cloth masks for yourself and others in need. Tutorials have been posted by The Washington Post, the New York Times, and, if you're in a pinch, try the Surgeon General's no-sew method. Listen to our interview with local mask makers.
Protect yourself and those around you:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you think you have contracted COVID-19, perform the self check found here, and seek medical attention as needed.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Special caution should be taken if you or someone you've had close contact with is ill or is known to have been exposed to the virus.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If hand washing is not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.
- Practice social distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Wear a cloth face covering - especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid handshakes and hugs, use an elbow bump instead.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
At home and work:
- Wash your hands thoroughly upon returning home.
- Use caution when bringing items into your home. Disinfect as needed.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (doorknobs, light switches) and surfaces with a household cleaner.
As your community radio station, WRFI is committed to keeping you up-to-date about the developing pandemic known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Bookmark this page and come for the latest developments, resources, and closures as well as audio features and interviews relating to the coronavirus.
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