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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?

First week in March I was flying back from Florida and couldn’t find hand sanitizer anywhere! Didn’t believe severity at first. Then spoke to friend on Spain and he warned to take it seriously.

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

A bit more boring but more family time (which I love).

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

I’m fine but I worry about others. Trying to be supportive.

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

More politically charged

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?

I love working from home. I find myself so much more productive and less burnt out

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

My children are adults, thank god!

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?

More important than ever

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?

I foster my children’s pets as needed

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

More family time . I like social distancing in lines. I’ve always been germ aware so appreciate the added separation

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?

The real facts. It has been so difficult to distinguish between fact and media hype.

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

I don’t think it was as bad as first thought. I think the media and politics played a HUGE part in our response to the virus.

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

More aware of personal health.

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

The media has been awful and having a pandemic during a presidential election year and decennial Census year has been most disruptive and concerning.

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COVID-19 (Disease)


Southern Adirondack Library System




Southern Adirondack Library System


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Covid History




Coronavirus Pandemic


“Doreen,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 8, 2022,

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