Gretchen

Covid-History Item Type Metadata

Age

46

Date

7/6/2020

Location

Corinth, 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?

On a Saturday talking to customers at my store, everyone mentioned it. By the next Saturday we were closed and have remained closed ever since.

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

I work from home and all the kids are home.

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

Not great since my mom got sick. I use online meditations and inspirational talks to get my mind off everything.

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

I am amazed at the thousands of meals the school cafeteria has made and given out. The school did a great job all spring long. My daughter's teacher sent her a beautiful gift today, something that she has always wanted (a neon light shaped like a unicorn).

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?

Yes I am. We now work from home in a very small space. We sell online still and at farmers markets as they are considered essential. Consumers can pick up at our home too , zero contact from our porch. We do not feel safe or comfortable reopening yet.

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 also a home health aide. I clean alot more at home I have gotten rid of many curtains for example to keep the house more sterile. I am always disinfecting at work.

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?

n/a

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

Yes. We have limited space to work in. I have to be available for both my business and my family's needs 24/7. My mom is now very ill which has been the hardest thing.

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

Yes. Our son is doing great but misses his friends. He volunteers at the food pantry he loves to do that. My daughter gets bored often.

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?

n/a

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

Alot! To keep in touch with family friends and customers. To keep our business afloat. For most of our entertainment. My daughter's summer theatre program has moved into an online format for the season.

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

Funeral.

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

We have a cat and a dog I would love more animals but vet bills are expensive! They are both the greatest animals ever love them both to pieces.

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

We made and gave away alot of sanitizer to the food pantry. I covered extra hours at work for people who were sick or quarantined.

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

I am not sure. I almost think that some people may have gone online and announced that they were sick for attention pity or out of boredom.

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

My dad died. I cooked alot of the foods that he used to cook for us when we were little. Had some visits with my brother where we shared memories.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

Not a thing.

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

Appreciate your family while you have them they won't be here forever.

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

I have never thought that huge crowds were a great idea especially the crowding in schools. I think kids will have half days in the future to eliminate the huge crowds of hundreds of kids all in the same building at the same time.

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

No

Dublin Core

Title

Gretchen

Publisher

Southern Adirondack Library System

Language

English

Type

Covid History

Identifier

11763829542

Citation

“Gretchen,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2021, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/139.

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