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Plattsburgh NY

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 first time I felt the real devastation from the COVID virus was when my Uncle was diagnosed. He was the first case in our area, and it was pretty scary. He had been on vacation, in Florida, when he became ill.

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

Since I have health issues I have to be extra cautious about who I am around, even with masks in place. I am frightened all the time that I may contract this illness. I worry about my 90 year old mother. I worry about people I don't even know.

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

My husband helps me keep my spirits up and talks me through when I worry too much.

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

Our community is not a close one and now it is even worse, everyone is afraid of everything. I am surprised that the paper has not been more of an out let, letting front line workers know how much they are appreciated. I have heard of individuals that have done things, like send donuts or pizza to the ICU staff.

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?

Yes, I work in the field of swimming pools. Considering no one is likely to go away on vacation this is to help them have something at home to enjoy

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?

Never laid off worked entire time.

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

Working directly in the factory

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?

No children at home

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


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

Not yet, but my Nephew is scheduled to be married in October???????????????????

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

I have a cat, his presence is awesome. He seems to know when I could use some loving.

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

My Uncle contracted it. Due to the pandemic I was not allowed to see him. My Aunt would see him via the internet, but he slipped into a coma and never recovered.

If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?

My Uncle, and we have yet to celebrate his life.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How to stop it.

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

If history repeats itself there will be another pandemic. People need to stay strong, keep their heads up, and fight it with all their might.

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

I really believe that we will always wear masks, at least during my life time. I think that will be our new norm.

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Clinton Essex Franklin Library System


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