Looking back through the stories tagged “coronavirus” from March onward, it’s striking how broadly our lives have changed.
Coronavirus dominated the headlines (and pretty much all our attention) this spring and into the summer. As the virus made its way north, businesses and communities scrambled to react. Our rural hospitals planned for the worst and visitation was discouraged. International student workers were stranded and seasonal residents received mixed messages when returning to their Adirondack homes.
Then came the closures: boat launches/marinas, theme parks, restaurants, guiding services, summer camps, hiker shuttles, not to mention the cancelation of popular events such as the 90 Miler canoe race. Basically, every aspect of our lives turned upside down. We started working from home (including all of us at the Explorer) and our kids started learning remotely, too.
In the months that followed, the Explorer stepped back and looked at some of the “big picture” issues. We looked at the important role the Trudeau Institute has played in Covid-19 research. We checked in with communities like Old Forge to see how they were faring with the temporary closure of key businesses. As some aspects of the local economy suffered, others flourished (and continue to see growth), such as the renewed real estate boom.
Some of the “real time” updates throughout the pandemic have taken place on our sister site the Adirondack Almanack. Since coronavirus first hit, we’ve posted 171 stories to date tagged “coronavirus.”
While we wish otherwise, this is an issue that will follow us well into 2021. — Melissa Hart