UTICA, N.Y. -- As the non-essential workforce remains home for now, the essential workforce continues to stay cautious as the Coronavirus spreads.
Utica's Fire Department Captain Philip Taurisano of the Utica Fire Department says a lot has changed within the firehouse. The noticeable changes come when responding to a call. All starting with a patient's first contact to dispatch.
"The dispatchers are doing a very good job of interrogation of a patient. So they have a specific set of questions, they're doing ...emergency medical dispatch. And now they are asking if you have any flu-like symptoms, do you have anybody aches things like that," said Taurisano.
Firefighters now stand a minimum of 6 feet away when coming into contact with a sick patient, except for emergency situations.
We here at WKTV are also making changes of our own that you the viewers may have noticed yourself.
"We changed a lot of the camera shots. You don't see the anchors sitting next to each other. 6 feet is the recommended distance but if you look and see where our staff is, its bigger than that," said Station Manager Steve Mcmurray.
The station has also been increasing its daily cleaning of equipment, desks and vehicles. Staying healthy to serve you.
"Our job to inform the public is now more important than ever. Yet we still need to keep our staff safe at the same time. And so we are going to continue our operations. We are modifying it day by day to make sure that our staff is still safe and to make sure that our staff is still safe and we are getting our information out to the public that needs to be conveyed," said McMurray.
Adirondack bank has also made some changes as well. The bank has closed the lobbies of the banks limiting traffic to appointment only.
The staff within the banks have also changed their protocols as well.
"In the branches, all of the bank tellers are wearing gloves. We were able to get them plastic gloves. Every once in a while we have them going out and clean off the ATM machine and the drive-through facility and things like that," said Adirondack Bank President Rocco F. Arcuri Sr.
For the latest information on which businesses are essential, you can visit the governor's website.