*** DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND STAY AT HOME ORDERS, Reachout Radio's offices are closed and no staff is on-site to fulfill receiver applications. As soon as the stay-at-home orders are lifted and staff are back at work, we will process applications as quickly as possible in the order in which they were received. In the meantime you can listen to the service online by clicking the Listen Live link at the top of the home page. ***
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the stay-in-place orders, WXXI Reachout Radio studios will be closed until at least mid-June. WXXI management is working on a plan to safely return staff to the offices. Once we see how that goes, we will phase in returning with guests and volunteers to the station, but at this time we do not have a date for volunteer readers to return to the studios.
We continue to work every day to keep as much local news on as possible. Each weekday you will hear readings of the D&C Local news and obituaries at 9:30am and 1:00pm, thanks to a team of remote readers. You'll also hear the Grocery Ads, Old Time Radio, CITY, RBJ, and our weekly special programs at their regular times, all recording remotely from their homes.
Since the majority of our volunteers are in high risk populations, such as those over 60 or with compromised immune systems, we do not want to put anyone at risk. Throughout this period, a large portion of our programming will be from the TIC Network, with limited local programs that have been pre-recorded. We apologize for this interruption in the schedule, but we must put the health and well-being of our volunteers and staff first.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers great information about the symptoms of the worldwide pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can best protect yourself and others around you from getting the disease, and what to do if you are sick. WXXI Reachout Radio is committed to keeping listeners informed as much as possible about the virus and we will do our best to continue our service with as little interruption as possible. We are currently looking into having volunteers read from home, sending in audio files to put on the air. But this option is not possible for everyone.
Protocols and processes are changing on a moment by moment basis, and we will keep you as informed as we can about how COVID-19 may impact WXXI Reachout Radio's service to our listeners.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Stay home except to get medical care
- People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas:Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.