Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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Most New York state residents say they are either quarantining themselves or practicing social distancing, according to a new poll from Siena College.

Fourteen percent of New Yorkers said they were under mandatory quarantine, and 42 percent were self-quarantining.

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If Tom Chiarella looks out the second story window of his Airbnb rental apartment, he can see the town square in Greencastle, Indiana.

Under ordinary circumstances, it would probably be a nice place to visit. The apartment is in an 18th century Victorian mercantile building located about 20 minutes south of Chiarella's home.

But these are extraordinary times. The loft has been a hideout of sorts, not a vacation rental, for the Rochester native and freelance journalist.

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A local nonprofit is warning older adults to be aware of scams related to the coronavirus pandemic and the federal stimulus package.

Lifespan says there are numerous hoaxes circulating both online and through phone calls and texts that are specifically preying on senior citizens who are more vulnerable than ever because of social distancing.

"The Y is closed, our nutrition sites are closed, so folks are home," said Leita King, Lifespan's scam prevention program coordinator. "They're not even able to go to church. That isolation and loneliness makes them a huge target."

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If you venture into a Wegmans store during the coronavirus pandemic, you may start to see employees wearing masks and gloves.

In the wake of the crisis, Wegmans has adopted a new policy allowing workers to use the protective gear if it makes them feel safer.

Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart wrote to Wegmans inquiring about the company's policies after she said she heard from dozens of Wegmans employees and their family members, who claim they were told they could not wear personal protective equipment at work.

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People over 70 and those with underlying medical conditions are said to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19. But a local hospital has learned that no one is impervious.

"In our ICU currently we have patients in mid-20s, mid-30s, mid-40s, and some in mid-60s and 70s, so it is affecting all age groups," said Dr. Damanpaul Sondhi, a pulmonologist for Rochester Regional Health.

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Instead of filing into courtrooms, judges, attorneys, and litigants in some civil and criminal cases are now logging onto Skype.

It's a way to keep legal proceedings moving in the age of coronavirus.

The 7th Judicial District, which covers all the state, county, town, and village courts in Monroe and seven surrounding counties, went virtual on Monday.

That means only a handful of people are in an actual courtroom for legal proceedings. The rest are on a video conference call and only for cases that are deemed essential.

YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

The YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County already sustained a big blow last fall when it lost state funding for its shelter.

It raised enough money locally to keep going through this summer, but now the organization is trying to help clients and staff members through the coronavirus pandemic and it hasn't been easy.

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Social distancing in the time of coronavirus has transformed daily life across the world. 

Isolation is especially challenging for military veterans who are already dealing with mental health problems. 

In the U.S., the suicide rate among veterans is about double that of the general population.

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Routine visits to the dentist are another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic for the foreseeable future.

Dental offices and clinics are still open, but they are restricting patient visits to emergency cases only. 

Dr. David Levy, medical director at Eastman Dental Center, said that includes "stopping bleeding, uncontrollable bleeding, alleviate very severe pain, and most particularly infection, and could even include treatment for trauma, injuries to the mouth and to teeth."

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Dr. Christopher Cove specializes in procedures to open blocked arteries and implant devices to prevent heart failure.

He's trying to avoid in-office visits in order to avoid exposing patients and staff to COVID-19.  Instead, he uses a telemedicine platform to check in with patients.

"They actually can even send us pictures of things they're concerned about," Cove explained. "We have a lot of patients who have blood pressure (machines) at home and patients will take their blood pressure while I'm talking to them."