Covid-History Item Type Metadata






Milton, 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?

It first occurred to me on Friday March 13,2020, I had to make the decision to cancel my daughter’s 11 birthday party. I don’t know about the first case we just stayed home as much as possible.

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

Before we were very active with different clubs, friends, family. Visiting with my Father who lives in nursing home couple times a week.

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

Most of the time I’m very sad. Gardening and trying to be outside as much as possible.

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

Lost of people seem to be gardening because some of the local stores ran out of plants.

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?

I’m a stay at home mom

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


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

Yes, not easy all our activity’s have been canceled.

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?

We use Zoom a lot. To have 4H meeting along with taekwondo classes and talk to family out of state.

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

We had to cancel three birthday parties we had immediate family only parties.

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

We have many pet it was very difficult to take our cat to the vet because we couldn’t go inside and she was very frightened she had to go into the vet by her self it was pretty upsetting.

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

That people seem to be spending more time taking care of their yards look very nice.

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?

I wish I knew they were going to close the nursing homes to visitors and I wish I had had a chance to see my dad before this started.

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

Have books to read or something simple that you can do by yourself. It was really pretty hard for us when the library closed. Have a hobby that you can do by yourself at home. Get outside and be in nature the birds still sing and the bees still buzz. Have routine. Have some kind of device that you can communicate virtually with others in working order. Don’t put off getting things fixed because it’s very difficult when things are all closed. Also know how to cook some simple stuff apparently a lot of people can’t cook anything ready-made was bought up pretty quickly.

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

The new normal will involve everyone wearing mask.

Dublin Core






Patti H


Leaving our Fingerprints


Southern Adirondack Library System




where we can note images used elsewhere


need info




Covid History




Patti H, “Patti,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022,

Output Formats