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Greenburgh, 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?

Early March. Became more cautious about going out. To public places.

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

More isolating. Make more phone calls.

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

Reading, crafting. Was walking a lot so that I could say "hi" to neighbors. But developed severe back issues. Joined zoom prayer group. Pray every day.

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

More food pantry clients. Those working out of their home don't seem as aware of the impact on those how are isolating. People are driving more.

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?

My husband is a business owner. He has been working through the pandemic. He wears mask, no hand shaking. Social distancing.

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?

N/A my daughter has been laid off for 6 months. She has u employment and insurance until the end of the year.

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

Social gatherings and seeing friends.

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


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

Everyday on social media. Texting. Redding. Movies. Zoom

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


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


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

Prayer group. Calling other isolated people. My family is more engaged and enjoy the blessings of having them near.

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

Yes. A sister-in-law, early on. We only dropped food outside her home. Followed up with her everyday. Bought groceries for her. Very frightening. Ot knowing g how to help.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

That it would change our lives forever.

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

Enjoy life everyday; don't take health and "freedom" for granted; follow public health safety precautions; wash hands, wear masks and take care of their health. Be aware of mental health issues that may present with either themselves or family members.

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

Caution about large social gatherings. No hugging or kissing acquaintances, as we Americans are wont to do. Awareness of ill people.

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

This will pass.

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“Holly,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/229.

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