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Schaghticoke, 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?

The impact was March 8th when my son in CT said all the toilet paper was gone from a big box store. Then on March 9th my daughter (in NY) said there were no wipes or hand sanitizer available. I then realized this was serious.

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

Totally different, never going out without a mask, distancing myself when I do go out, no eating in restaurants, vacations or going to a movie.

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

I try to keep myself busy doing various craft projects. Keeping your hands busy keeps your mind busy...

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

Masks required everywhere, shopping carts cleaned before & after use, not getting close to others while out. What has surprised me is the lack of empathy by the ones rebelling (tantruming?) against doing the decent thing for your fellow man...

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?


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


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

All kids married w/their own children. Hard not seeing my grandchildren for months on end.

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?

Absolutely...it’s a lifeline to the world.

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

We had to cancel a family vacation in New Hampshire & a fall visit to South Dakota.

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

We have 2 wonderful cats who brighten everyday!

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

In the beginning we took out gift cards to our local business to help them while they had to close their doors. My 89 year old Mom makes masks daily & keeps everyone in great style!

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

My quilting teacher (and friend) husband passed away early on...so this was never not a serious issue for us.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

Enjoy the little things like hugs & handshakes more...

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

I’m not sure we, as the common people, could prepare any better than we did. I do wish our Federal Government had taken it more seriously & didn’t downplay it.

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

I think people will be much more careful regarding contact with others. I also think masks are now a part of our lives.

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

Just look for the positives in every situation and keep busy & active.

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“Kathryn,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/208.

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