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Town of poland,Kennedy,ny, USA
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?
When the governor started shutting down stores and deciding which businesses were essential I realized this was going to be big. My reaction changed because at the beginning I thought everyone was over reacting and then I realized it was world wide and could be quite serious.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
My own life isn't that different compared with other people. Except for having to wear a mask everywhere, hand sanitize, log my temp and location all the time.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
Im feeling ok although my dad has recently been diagnosed with lung disease and I'm afraid for him. To relieve stress I just stay home as much as possible.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Business have shortened their hours and most events have been canceled or postponed. Im surprised at the number of people not having funerals. That one is hard. I didn't realize how much I needed that to be able to say goodbye to people.
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?
I have informal in home day care for my own grand child and one friend. My daughter and our friend are essential workers and if I hadn't been willing to watch their daughters they would have had to quit their jobs. And they would have really struggled financially. At home, we wash all the time and we don't go in public.
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 work at a local library and was given paid leave for the first 3 months. Then when things started to open back up, we offered curb side service and eventually limited inside service. Our insurance isn't through me.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
Just the limits on leaving the house are an adjustment.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
2 preschoolers and 1 school age who goes full time so it's not too bad.
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?
Im taking college classes online but I was taking them online anyway.
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
My daughter's graduation from an ivy league college for her graduate degree was cancelled and so was any chance for a party.
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?
I got to have my college daughter's home for 3 months when I didn't expect to.
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?
Visiting the cemetery after. Writing condolences on the funeral home website.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
That everyone would buy all the toilet paper.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Essentials stocked up at home. Cultivate interests in things you can do without leaving your house.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I think at the very least, food service people will continue to be masked and gloved. I think most people will be more careful about hand cleanliness.
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“Dawn,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/290.