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Wilton, 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?

March 17,2020

How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?

Longer wait to see doctor, dentist and hairdresser. No lunches with friends or dinners in restaurants. Constant cooking. Unable to attend two grandchildren's high school graduations. Home health aide for husband does not come so I have no respite from 24 hour care.

How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?

I am a 24 hour caregiver for my husband. I am tired. I will restart visits from his health side next week. My son and daughter are beginning alternating visits to help. It has been very stressful.

What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?

Everyone seems to be thinking through every move. Most people are compliant with rules such as social distancing and mask wearing.

Are you a business owner who has had to close? If you are still open, how have you had to adjust how your business operates?


Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?


Are you an employee who has been laid off or furloughed? Were you able to get unemployment? Were you able to retain your health insurance?


Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?


Do you have children at home? How’s it going?


If you’re a student, was school canceled? Were you able to complete your studies online? Do you think you’ll be back on campus in the fall?


How are you using social media, the Internet, or digital platforms during the pandemic?

Borrowing ebooks from library

Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?

No postponement of grandchildren's (2) high school graduations. They had them; we could not attend.

Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?


What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?

People are nice. Our neighbors are solicitous.

Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?


If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?


What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

Would not have purchased plane tickets to Belgium to attend grandson's graduation. Waiting for cancelled flight refund.

What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?

Obey rules established by thoughtful leaders like Gov Cuomo. We Americans paid a high price for having elected the wrong President in 2016. The worst in our history when we needed strong leadership like Gov Cuomo.

How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?

More working from home. Less air travel. Heavier reliance on technology for news,education in schools and help like medical care. Less human interaction. Very sad. Very lonely.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?

I fell sad that my life is ending amidst such uncertainty and change. Much of what made my life worth living is gone never to be experienced by my grandchildren. I McNeill miss it for the rest of my life. I turn 80 this summer and doubt many of my pleasures will return. Travel, theater, sports, visits with family, restaurant dinners, attending school events of my grandchildren, freedom to hug friends. A pervasive stress and sadness permeates everything.

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Southern Adirondack Library System




Covid History




“Louise,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/113.

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