Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Woodbury, Minnesota
Minnesota is going crazy, like others have said TP, canned food and anything cleaning/sanitation wise is in short to no supply. Work has pretty much shut its doors and everyone is working from home except for ďessential staffĒ and, well, guess who that is? Yup, yours truly.
Driving in and working is weird, thereís a tiny fraction of the cars on the road, 95% of staff is home, no visitors, no one from the public, nothing but a few of us keeping everyone else separate and trying to keep us broadcasting and them healthy. Itís a bitch, we have multiple person shows (I work in radio and we also have TV stations on site) and each member of the show is broadcasting from a separate studio simultaneously; a logistical and audio nightmare I spent weeks figuring out and itís still a work in progress as we progress. Our company bought 150 laptops last week to deploy to our groups through the country: today I setup 8 with remote access to our systems to use if things get bad for staff of that station, Iíll be doing that every day for the next few weeks I bet.
We also have ďcleanĒ staff, one of my employees is working from home to stay healthy if one of my other staff or I gets sick, and that will happen, so we can continue and we also have ďcleanĒ rooms and studios off site if the main site gets quarantined or compromised in any way. Iím working 16 hour days cleaning, building, moving, fixing, cobbling together things, setups from peoples homes, etc. Iím tired, but itís starting to slow a bit, today was only 11 hours.
Honestly, I think I actually got it in mid-February, right after the Cycle World motorcycle show and am long since over it. Both my wife and I were sicker than we have ever been for almost two weeks with every single symptom the virus has. It was weird, we were unbelievably miserable, I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and her bronchitis and then walking pneumonia but were never tested or even considered for COVID-19. I don't think at that time they knew what to look for and only asked if we had traveled out of the country which we hadnít. But we've each had both illnesses before and it was NEVER that bad and I heard there were a few cases that came and went already without it being public.
Regardless, my company has determined those of us designated stay and work until we canít, and I guess Iím prepared for it. If it gets real bad I plan to setup my camper behind the station and just live there as long as I have to. No idea if it will be two weeks, two months or two years at this point; Iíve heard any may be true with what little we know and how lax many people are still being......today I had to escort several staff members out who just couldnít stay away and kick TV staff out of the radio studios.....children, I tell ya.....
My wife works in a bakery and was told to go home for the next few weeks, weíll call you when we want you back. Sheís extremely bored already and itís only been 4 days. Going yo be a long summer, I think.
Hope everyone stays safe, this is a crazy time for sure!!!!
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