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Halfmoon, 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 we were told that Shen and other schools were closing. Not sure we had any cases. I took the pandemic in stride. Day by day

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

Very different: 1] can't see or hug my granddaughters, daughter, and son-in-law. 2] House bounded. 3] Can't attend church worship services or other places of gathering and fellowship.

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

I do my daily 3.5 mile walk in my basement each day. It is 140 lapses. Can walk outdoors not safe for me at my age. I Skype with my family daily or chat on the phone. Also do my research.

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

Less cars on the road. Barber shops and restaurants are all closed. Helath professional doing telehealth. People seem more appreciative of one another. Willing to help with doing errands for me.

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?


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?

No, I am retired

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


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

No, I live by myself

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?

I Skype and use the telephone

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?

I increased my giving to City Mission, Church outreach programs, Shen backpack program, Samaritan's Purse for their work in New York City, and Italy and several other organization who were experience bigger needs on their resourses do to the COVID-19. Wore a facial mask and gloves, and practiced social distancing.

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?


What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

To buy supplies and food items.

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

Use common sense in how you deal with pandemic. Don't panic! Take in stride and look after each other, particulary the elderly.

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

The govrnmental authority were caught off guard. They didn't have the medical supplies we needed for this pandemic. I don't think there will be a new normal. People are starting to pick up where they left off,unfortunaely.

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

Prayer is very important and helpful, both from knowing there is a higher power in control and for peace of mind. Most church were able to hold worship online.

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Covid History




“Tom,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022,

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