Tag Archives: The Pandemic & My Hometown

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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The Reality of Quarantine

By Hailey Bayne ~ Guest Writer

The Colonial Theatre in South Hill has closed due to the pandemic while changing their sign to state “Wash Hands” in an effort to encourage the public to follow the CDC’s recommendations. South Hill, Va., Friday, Mar. 27, 2020. Photo by Hailey Bayne

Quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis is helping prevent the spread of the virus, but this isolation may be causing a decline in mental health and productivity.

A study conducted by Qualtrics shows that 41.6% of respondents have experienced a decline in mental health since the outbreak, with 66.9% reporting higher stress, 57.2% reporting higher anxiety, and 53% reporting an increased sadness in their lives.

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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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Remainder of University of Lynchburg’s Athletics Cancelled due to COVID-19

Photo retrieved from @NCAA Twitter

By Donzailya Berg ~ Guest Writer

Athletes all over the country have been informed that their seasons have come to an end. On March 12, 2020, the NCAA tweeted the official COVID-19 statement that caused all athletic programs to come to an end for the rest of the school year. The message stated the cancellation of, “all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.” 

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Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg Reacts to Social Distancing With Care

By Jacklyn Harris ~ Guest Writer

The Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Joshlyn Harris states, “We are taking extreme caution at Westminster Canterbury because we realize our residents are at the most risk of death due to coronavirus.”

Due to the lack of medical supplies Harris has taken upon herself to sew masks for coworkers. All staff are required to wear masks during their shift.

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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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The Pandemic & My Hometown : Stephanie Quaranto

The Pandemic & My Hometown series uses photography to showcase how the coronavirus is affecting life at home for media writing students from the University of Lynchburg.

Photography by Stephanie Quaranto  in Rhode Island