Covid-History Item Type Metadata
Lake Luzerne, 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?
After March 14, I realized we were in lock down. There weren’t many cases in the county for quite a while.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
We still don’t eat out, but we order in occasionally. I order groceries online still. I don’t visit with anyone, unless it’s outside in small groups.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
We hike a lot. I do Zumba a lot which is dance fitness. I feel OK. Luckily this summer weather is beautiful.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Most people wear masks. It’s surprizes me that some people don’t.
Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?
I am retired. I am always washing my hands. No one has been in my house except for immediate family for four months.
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?
A large event for a family member’s 90th Birthday was canceled.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
I have turtles. Nothings changed with them
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I don’t miss grocery shopping at all. I like being able to do fitness classes online with people from all over the world.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
My mother died of Covid. She was sick for a while and wasn’t taken to the hospital until she experiences chest pains. She died there.
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
There was no celebration of life. Just a few people at the cemetery allowed. No real service. No wake
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
Not to travel while it was starting to spread.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Follow directions of the smart people in charge. Follow science.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
This is going to last a lot longer past these four months. Probably no more handshaking, always wearing masks. No large gatherings for a long time from now.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Donna,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/137.