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Chatham, 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?

Shock ... streets empty..fear of dying .... fear when I realized it was just down the street

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

Thankful for every day. Never go anywhere without a mask. And hand sanitizer. Miss contact with friends. Miss the library. Discovered Zoom

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

Feeling better. Spend a lot of time outdoors. Walk dog at empty school grounds and remember what is missing.

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

People are so kind. Always ready to help each other. People protect me because I’m vulnerable. I’m surprised at shortages in store.

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?


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

Neighbor child.

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

Ordering food and essentials online. Curbside pickup locally. Grandchildren Snapchat. Got me into TikTok

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

Grandson Graduated from high school. I was able to see it online. They were each in cars . It was remarkable and they are in Kentucky and I’m watching in New York

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

I have a dog and we are out every day and I love my 2 cats

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

Stimulus check sharing

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


What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How resilient we all are

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

Remember how quickly things can change

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

I hope we will remember how precious our lives are

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COVID-19 (Disease)


Southern Adirondack Library System


Southern Adirondack Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


“Joan,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022,

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