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Suicide During The Pandemic

Image taken from https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/health-coronavirus-usa-cost/

Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

     According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than 48,000 people’s lives in 2018.” Additionally, according to the CDC, “roughly 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million American adults made a plan to commit suicide, and 1.4 million attempted to commit suicde.” 

     On the same hand, suicide does not just impact someone of a speicific age, race, gender/sex, or ethnicity. In fact, “suicide is the seocnd leading cause of death of people between the ages of 10 to 34 years old, fourth leading cause od death for individuals between 35 to 54 years old, and eighth leading cause of death among people 55 to 64,” states the CDC. Lastly, “non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations are at the greatest risk for suicide, and individuals in the fields of miltiary, construction, the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media fields are also at the greatest risk for committing suicide,” according to the CDC. But why should we, Americans, be concerned about the suicide pandemic in the United States? 

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New Normal for College Students: Life Quarantined

By Sarah Barnes ~ Guest Writer
Across the United States, college students’ daily activities have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most colleges around the world shut down on-campus classes and transitioned to being completely online in March, 2020.
Activities that should have taken place on campus in April and May such as finals, senior-week, and graduation have all been cancelled or postponed
Survey of Our New Normal
On April 28th, 2020, I surveyed over 50 college students to discover any trends in the frequency of specific activities they are partaking in while quarantined.
The 53 students were surveyed in 10 states, majority residing on the east coast, specifically Virginia with 20 students surveyed.
Also, approximately 60% of the participants surveyed were female, which is an accurate representation of the male to female ratio at most liberal arts colleges. 
Students from the University of Lynchburg had to find their new normal away from campus to finish out the spring semester.
New Normal Testimonials​​​​​​​
Senior at the University of Lynchburg, Natalya Rodriquez said she “worked two jobs on campus this past year” and when campus closed down for the semester, her “only source of income disappeared.” 
According to the survey, most college students are in the same boat as Rodriquez.
Laura Mason, a sophomore at the University of Lynchburg says “I’m coping with quarantine by hiking and doing DIY craft projects, including painting and building a display for my plants.”
Noah Winslow, senior at the University of Lynchburg, was forced to end his baseball season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the loss of his season, Noah also lost his means of exercise, so in quarantine he has had to get creative and find ways to exercise at home.
Winslow said, “for the past month and a half, I have been doing more cardio-based exercises, like running, biking and jump roping outside.”
This a trend similar to what the survey results showed.
Looking at the bigger picture, several activities seemed more prone to change, while others stayed the same.
According to the data below, the activities that showed the most change were working (less), and walking outside, Facetiming friends, and using social media (more).
Photography
Many students  surveyed provided photographs they have taken while in quarantine.
There are several similar pictures, including people doing DIY/crafting projects, going on hikes with their family, and doing classwork with new classmates (their pets).
In the end, most college students’ lives have changed in one way or another.
While some are working less because they lost their on-campus jobs, others are working more hours as essential workers.
The survey showed that not everyone’s new normal is the same.
It is important to remember that the current new normal will not be what lives look like forever.

Coronavirus hitting African-Americans the hardest

By Joshua Price ~ Multimedia Editor
When the coronavirus first began to spread in the United States there was this running joke going around social media. Twitter especially, the joke was that African-Americans were immune to the coronavirus.Research now shows that isn’t the case.
For example New York, the state has been hit hard with coronavirus cases. It is the epicenter of the disease in the United States.
According to Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times  blacks in low income areas are more susceptible to the disease because of the type of jobs they have and the way they travel.

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Battling the Coronavirus in North Carolina

96796437-8e54-4524-9693-f9169960727a_rw_1200By Sarah Barnes ~ Guest Writer
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every state in the United States, as well as every county in North Carolina, so in the spirit of Earth Day, I am researching to see how it has affected our environment.
According to an article by The New England Journal of Medicine, on January 19, 2020, the Coronavirus found its way into the United States via a 35-year-old man traveled home to Snohomish County, Washington from Wuhan, China. 

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Online School During a Pandemic

By Stephanie Quaranto

College students are adjusting to the “new normal” of online school and isolation during this worldwide pandemic, two things that they did not sign up for.

In this strange period of time of the coronavirus, students all over the nation are trying to focus on passing their classes or graduating school not knowing when they will be able to return back to some sort of normalcy.

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Photo of computer showing the new normal of online schooling by Stephanie Quaranto on  Friday, April 10, 2020

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Coronavirus Quarantine Affects Small Family Restaurant

By Kara Barnes

Normally a hot spot in Glenelg, Maryland, Ten Oaks Tavern is a small family-run restaurant that has found itself empty due to the spread of coronavirus and resulting quarantine.

In an attempt to keep business booming, they have changed their food options to carry out, curbside pickup, and delivery within 3 miles. On the Ten Oaks Tavern Facebook and Instagram pages, the staff post  information everyday including:

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COVID- 19 Hurting or Helping our grocery stores?

     Local renovated Food Lion in Claymont Delaware is one of the many stores that have been affected by the Coronavirus. Photo by Allyssa Lawry.

   By Alyssa Lawry ~ Guest Writer

        As one of two Food Lion’s in Wilmington Delaware this store has a lot on their plate, store manager Mark Smondrowski was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss how things are operating.

        “Our company is committed to providing a safe environment for both associates and customers. We have followed the state guidelines calling out for social distancing, capacity maximums and enhanced cleaning responsibilities. Extra measures to help would be to mandate masks for all people in the store as well as reduced maximums,” said Smondrowski.

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Construction Workers Risk Health, Keep Working Amidst Pandemic

By Allyssa Compton

Despite the growing severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, construction workers and contractors continue to work on job sites with few precautions being taken to ensure the workers’ health and safety.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, construction workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers and must continue to report to work despite the pandemic.

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The Pandemic & My Hometown: Joshua Price

By Joshua Price
On a Monday, March 30, 2020,  I decided photograph how the pandemic was affecting my community in Maryland.
While some places seem deserted others seem to bustle like nothing has happened. Since they are deemed “essential business” parking lots of grocery stores being filled.
Fed-Ex Field, home of the Washington Redskins, is now being used as a COVID-19 testing area. I also visited Washington D.C.
Many of the tourist hotspots only contained a few people, if any.  As we begin to reach the peak of this virus we must maintain our social distancing and hope this all blows over sooner rather than later.

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The Pandemic & My Hometown: Sarah Barnes

On March 29, 2020, I explored my community to see how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting Cary, North Carolina. I ventured to some of the schools I attended growing up, as well as several places I would usually frequent while home for the summer.
I discovered that although society was taking a hard hit, the sun was still out and the sky was still blue. While we are temporarily unable to live our regular lives, we should take this time as an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for our community’s efforts to keep each other safe.
Town of Cary Fire Station No. 8 and Police District Office is still in full operation during the stay-at-home order, March 29, 2020 in Cary, North Carolina. SARAH BARNES

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Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.

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