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Waterford, 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?

We were stuck in the house, but also panicked stricken...

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

Constant cleaning, wearing masks, no hugging, no contact with friends at home etc.. no dining out really miss that....

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

Sewing, watching the Hallmark channel! Clean, clean clean!

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

It is very quiet, no one around outside etc. we are an older community so we tend to take things in stride....

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?

Yes a business owner, we did not close but had to follow guidelines from the dept. of health strictly...

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 a last responder/funeral director.. we have had to adhere to strict regulations as far as masks, number of people in funeral home. At first no wakes then wakes with only 25 people etc.. we have sanitation supplies all over for people to use and signage to inform people.

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?


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

We live over funeral home, therefore we have to adhere to all regulations in house... we always were a mask when in contact with the general public.

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


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?


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

Zoom meetings,,,constant updates from the CDC and the Dept of Health and the NYS Funeral directors ...

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


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?

It’s seems people are more aware now than they ever have been..

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

Yes, a friend from NYC , and she died......

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

At this point the family has not been able to celebrate her a later time maybe..

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I would have stocked my supplies better, especially cleaning supplies. It is like a scavenger hunt now!!

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

Take nothing for granted!! Every day is a gift, I know that’s a cliche but it’s so true. We have seen such change in people’s lives including ours.. we have not had family Sunday dinner in three months, our children have not come together in months, because some are front line workers. Do not wait for happiness because it can be taken from you in minutes!! Enjoy what you have!! And thank God for your blessings!

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

No hand shakes, no hugs, I think people will be very careful..

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

This is a wonderful place to live..!

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“Gerry,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2022,

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