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Little Valley

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 February, I noticed the virus starting to spread. I'm noticing people becoming complacent about the virus. Many people would like to be infected so they can return to their old routines.

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

We are staying much closer to home, only ordering take-out once per month. Grocery shopping has been reduced to twice per month.

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

Staying positive, looking for small things to focus on. We are also making new traditions for Thanksgiving.

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

Most people are more caring and compassionate than before.

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?

We had to close for roughly 3 months. We are currently operating on a limited schedule, hoping not to have to close down again.

Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?

Yes, I am an essential employee. I am the director of a non-profit agency, so I am in charge of ordering supplies, programming, etc. We have installed barriers around the office area, enforce mask wearing, hand sanitizing, etc.

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?

No, I was never laid off.

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

I continued to come into the office.

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

Yes, I have one child at home. She is being homeschooled because of the internet based structure of her school district. We have very unreliable internet and it was next to impossible to log on for the classes.

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?

Not a student

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

Facebook has been a wonderful connection with many friends, family and coworkers.

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

We have had to cancel 2 major vacations. We have yet to reschedule them. A family wedding and multiple graduation parties were also cancelled.

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

Yes, we have many pets. We did adopt our newest dog during the pandemic. They are all very calming and bring joy to the household.

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

I'm part of a group trying to aid the families that have lost their jobs during the pandemic. We are gathering supplies for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

Not at this time.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I wish I would have known how long this was going to last. I was anticipating 2 - 3 months, not the entire year.

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

I hope that everyone realizes how kind most people were. Also, be prepared to see people walking down the streets, in stores, etc. in masks. It's hard to prepare for that.

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

The new normal will have people being much more guarded and less personable. I don't think there will be as much conversation with strangers as before. The plastic barriers in stores and restaurants will remain in place.

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


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“Lori,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 19, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/289.

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