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Saratoga Springs, 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?

March 14 when schools were to be shut down for 5 weeks.Cases in the state especially NYC seemed to explode almost immediately and that is when it seemed real.

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

More time as a family having all children home but school age child missing out by not going to school or being able to participate in his sport. Missing out socially and academically.

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

I’m fine because I walk and jog daily. I miss some of my usual activities but see many neighbors and benefit from seeing my entire family all together.

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

Initially streets were quiet but after time and due likely to the nicer weather people are out and about much more. People likely got tired of trying to stay home.

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?

I was going to be starting a new job at a school inApril filling a maternity leave but that didn’t happen. I was previously collecting unemployment due to losing my job last year. I was eventually able to get back on with the CARES act.

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


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

Yes, 4 and going well.

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?

Same as before

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

HS graduation. Held a brief uneventful ceremony which was a let down

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

We have a new puppy (my daughters). First time pet owners. Keeps us busy and gives us all another thing to focus on.

What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?

Participating in food delivery once weekly for the local EOC food pantry with youngest child. Noticed an increase in neighbors out and about and friendliness in our immediate neighborhood.

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?

Not sure

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

Enjoy your freedoms and practice good hygiene . Value school, social activities, sports, clubs , etc . You never know when it may be taken away from you.

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

I think kids want to be back to normal like going to school and extracurricular activities and will have a short memory about social distancing. Adults may continue to be more cautious and aware but are looking forward to heading back to the office , the gym, etc

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

Renewed Appreciation of what we can do to enjoy nature, our families, outdoor exercise And not taking for granted that our life as we know it can suddenly be taken away from us. With no exact timeline of when things may seem back to normal again.

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Covid History




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

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