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Lake George, 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?
When classes were changed to online for the rest of the semester at SUNY Plattsburgh, where I am currently a rising senior. At first, it seemed far away and didn’t seem a threat, until I heard of the first cases in Glens Falls.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
Before I was living in an apartment in my college town attending class and I had an internship, since I’ve finished the semester but I had to complete it online from home in my parents house.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
My sister and I both started walking in Lake George village and taking drives to get out of the house and de-stress
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Obviously Lake George is looking much different than a normal June, far less tourists, but increasing as things start to re open.
Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?
Since I finished school the beginning of May, I started working as a COVID-19 screener at Irongate Family Practice.
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 part time in the outlets when I’m home from school and or breaks, and I was furloughed from my job. I was able to collect unemployment 6 weeks after I applied.
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?
Fortunately, I was able to complete all my classes and my internship I was enrolled in this semester online after being sent home March 11th. It sounds SUNY Plattsburgh has plans to return to campus in the fall in some capacity as long as there isn’t another spike in the virus.
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
The biggest one for me is that I am supposed to be studying abroad in Rennes, France for fall semester 2020 which doesn’t look like it’s going to happen because of the virus.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
My family has 2 cats, and since quarantine has started we adopted a corgi puppy.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
Back in March, my dad tested positive for COVID-19. My family of 4 was placed on 14-day quarantine. He was pretty sick for about 2 weeks, thankfully never admitted to the hospital. We had a sherif come to our house daily to make sure we were still here and had to take our temperatures and report them to public health twice a day. Later when the antibody test was available, my mom, sister and I all tested positive for the antibody.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
I wish I had known I wouldn’t see my friends and not leave the house for so long, I would have never stayed in or said no to plans. I would have gone to see my grandma, who is 87, in her nursing home before it closed, I haven’t seen her since I left for school In January because they are closed to the public.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Haley,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/63.