Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Town of Jackson, 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?
I work at an international boarding school, so some of my Chinese students knew od people affected by the virus.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
It is different in many ways. We have less income as my husband lost his part- time job of twenty years. I had to teach using ZOOM for the past two months and I have had to us the computer much more.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I feel " different". Part of my habits now include making sure I have a mask in our cars. I have been reading and writing to relieve stress.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
I have noticed more recently that less people are wearing masks. It has surprised me how divided we are on that safety issue.
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?
I am a seasonal business owner. My summer business is called Tubular Tubes. I am unable to open as my business falls under recreational.
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?
As of today, I do not have a teaching contract for next year. I think I will be laid off. The worst part is the not knowing.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
I was working from home when school was in session, however I often had to use the library WIFI as I have spotty internet.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
We had major events last year, so we have not been impacted too much. I was suppose to travel for pleasure in March, but had to cancel due to Covid.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
Yes, we have animals. We live on Happy Kids Farm. We had 34 kids this kidding season. Our dog and cats serve as de- stressors.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I noticed that people have slowed down. I see more kids riding bikes, and more people fishing.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
I do know someone sho contracted COVID-19. They were " sick" for 3 days. She was not able to " taste" food.
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
This is the hardest question for me. I like to have answers to questions, so I wish and I still wish that people will take this serioulsy.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
I do not think you can prepare for a pandemic. Once you know that you are living in a pandemic- you need to be patient and you need to be informed.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I worry that there will be less physical contact - we were headed that way due to technology. We are humans and we crave touch.
Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?
I Do you think there will be another wave of the pandemic? I read the book The Great Influenza of 1918 and there are many similarities as it relates to press coverage- who to believe and the unimaginable losses of life.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Peggy,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/120.