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Queensbury, 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?
3/16/20- I was more worried at the beginning then right now. At first I said it wasn’t really affecting children. We were not near anyone too elderly. As time went on we were not as worried in our area and for our family. Our children in our lives have been affected drastically because of this. Loved ones have passed away without any final goodbyes or a funeral, kids have graduated with no field trips, parties or graduation. There is been no socialization and the children have progressed in school. Now I’m just ready for everything to open, so we can get back to more normalcy. There really any cases in our area other than the nursing homes which were caused by New York City and Governor Cuomo sending those infected to the nursing homes here. I am not concerned that my family or I will get the coronavirus anymore. We want our normal lives back.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
The schools closed & went to virtual & online learning. I work for Warren County Department of Social Services and we were told that we had to go to half staff in the building. A lot of our staff had to start working from home. The positives are that we did not have to fight with my kids to get them up for school and that we were able to help them with their schoolwork. Two of my kids liked not being in school and one of them wanted to be at school. Doing homeschooling was definitely hard for one of the children, especially with me working all day still at the office & due to having 2 kids with special needs & none of their help, accommodations & services. My husband was not able to work, so it allowed him to spend more time at home with the kids.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I have had to work every day during COVID-19, whether it be at the office Monday through Friday or on call during nights and weekends. Not much has changed for me in that regard. I just feel that we need to get back to normal now so our children are not emotionally and educationally damaged further & so that our economy can start improving.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Most people are wearing the masks as required by the governor. Some people are not in our completely against it. The majority of the people not wearing masks are college age, who feel they are invincible. Things have just started to open up with some limited outdoor dining at restaurants but not much else has opened up.
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 am an essential employee. I am a supervisor for the child protective unit in Warren County. I have had to work at the office the entire time through COVID-19. At least 50% of the staff are working from home or not working. Only the supervisors, senior caseworkers and a few secretaries have been at the office. Last week they started to bring back some more employees but not many. We are required to social distance by 6 feet and if we are unable to, we are required to wear masks.
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?
My husband was unable to work during COVID-19 and was getting unemployment.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
I have three children at home. Homeschooling has been rough. They have been handling being at home pretty well but are bored and wanting to get out to do things and be around other kids and get back to the fun activities that they were doing prior to COVID-19.
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?
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
We had to postpone our spring break vacation in April. We then had to postpone it again when we had it scheduled for June. We now have it scheduled for July.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
We have an Old English bulldog named Griffin and he has not been and impacted at all.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
Most families have gotten to spend more time together.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
One of my employees is believed to have had the coronavirus. The doctors office never tested her but she was sick with all but one of the symptoms for over two weeks & was in quarantine. My friends mother had COVID-19 in Long Island and unfortunately passed away from it. Due to the orders from the governor and hospital policies, they were not able to be there with her as she passed away, which is horrible.
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
Several friends and family members last summer during the pandemic. Only one was due to coronavirus. No one was able to have a funeral or a celebration of their lives due to the coronavirus and the governor’s orders of social distancing and not being in groups of more than two or your immediate family and then not being able to be in groups of 10 or more.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
To stock up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and toilet paper, as everyone bought them out of the stores and online and they were difficult to find during this time & you still can’t find hand sanitizer readily available and the price is completely outrageous now. If I knew it was going to last this long, I would’ve bought summer clothes for all of us as well, since only Walmart and target have been open and you cannot try anything on or do clothing returns. We also would it take an hour vacation earlier.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Make sure that you have some good masks on hand, as well as toilet paper & disinfecting wipes.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I don’t think things will be back to normal for a very long time. I think they are going to require masks for a long time as well as social distancing and restaurants and places at limited capacity. They’ve already canceled almost all of the fun major activities for the entire summer and even some in September 2020. The court system, DMV & places to hold events are going to be completely backed up.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Kristy,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/66.