Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Halfmoon, New York
When did the impact of COVID-19 first occur to you? How did your reaction to COVID-19 change between then and the first case in your town?
The public school district where I worked, closed under the direction of the Superintendent on Friday, March 13, 2020 for two weeks as a preventative measure. The Governor continued to keep all New York State schools closed and eventually announced school would not resume on-site for the remainder of the school year. Students were taught off-site through virtual learning from March 2020 through June 2020.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
Many places and services are closed or limited. Social distancing is required. Wearing face masks is required. Doing anything is much more difficult.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I enjoy reading, watching television, listening to music, playing games, doing online activities, taking walks, flower, vegetable and herb gardening, watching and feeding the backyard birds, cooking, baking and candy making, crafts.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
There is a tremendous need for food and meals.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
Yes. I worked through the use of a Chromebook, text, e-mail and through the Google Suite - Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Slides and Classroom
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
Birthdays and holidays were celebrated by only our household members. The school district where I work put together videos and slideshows to share online and held drive through events.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I donated to the Bountiful Backpack Program, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and I adopted a Class of 2020 Senior.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
It touched the school district where I worked - faculty members, students and colleague's family members. It also.touched our town.
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
The services were private and very small.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
How difficult it would be to obtain some food, certain household items and Personal Protective Equipment - face masks, gloves, hand soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Celebrate each new day. Recognize the importance of slowing down. Cherish personal and family connections. Sometimes things are greater than us. Perspective is what you decide.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
We will be much aware.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Mandy,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/100.