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How has COVID affected your life personally?

Michelle Singer, Clinic RN, Kenton County Health Center

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Unable to socialize, but through the internet.

 

Tracy Browe, Clinic RD, Campbell County Health Center

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I stay at home.

 

Cara Wright, Office Clerk, Billing and Support, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Yes, I have also became a teacher, chef, cleaning service, and entertainer. I don’t see anyone such as coworkers, friends, and some family. My daughter turned 16, she could not get her driving permit until June. I had a large party planned for her, I had to cancel everything. I wanted to go on vacation to Florida, but had to cancel that since Florida is a “HOT SPOT.”

 

Sonya DuPont, Project Leader, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I have become a better cook and I am finding that my mindset has changed when it comes to going out to dinner. I used to spend quite a bit of money eating out and now it just seems way overpriced. Hopefully I’ll come to my senses soon!

 

Sharon Krebs, Clinic RN, Campbell County Health Center

How has COVID affected your life personally?

It’s different but in a good way, it has brought attention to how fast paced my life has been. I have had time to actually read a book and connect again with my family.

Please share any other comments related to COVID and these changing times.

I am not happy about wearing mask it’s not normal.

 

Clint Ibele, Case Manager, Linkage to Care, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Not being able to do the things I took for granted, such as working at the theatre, seeing my friends, having to postpone vacation and travel plans.  It’s definitely affected my budget: I have ordered many new things for my Ohio State Room, re-done the floor in my hallway, added a new light fixture, installed French doors and had my water heater replaced.  It is nice not to have to schedule things around when I can be home.

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Cady Cornell, Health Educator, Tobacco, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Oh yes! COVID changed our (wedding) plans immensely. We were originally supposed to have a big 250-person wedding, but ended up cutting down to just our wedding party and very limited family (immediate family and grandparents). We streamed our service on the church’s platform, which is something that I never thought would be a part of our big day! We required everyone to wear masks and had assigned pews so that everyone would be more than properly distanced. The wedding “favor” was also a personal bottle of hand sanitizer that said “spread love not germs” hahaha!

 

Steve Divine, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I haven’t gotten my hair cut.

 

Robin Feltner, Public Health Impacts Administrator, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I have been enjoying spending more time at home.  My yard looks better than ever!   I also started a foodie blog and I enjoy creating new recipes and cooking.  I have also found some great workout classes online and attempt to do that somewhat regularly.  ha!  My favorite classes so far have been Yoga and Barre classes.

I have taken advantage of the library’s audiobooks and ebooks during the pandemic and have read/listened to numerous books. I’m always open to good recommendations.  Please send them my way if you have read any good books lately.

 

Karen Domaschko, Human Resources Administrator, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Pre-COVID-19, I dined out every evening with friends and/or family who observed that I only used grocery stores to buy apples, carrots, and Diet Cherry Pepsi.  Now I buy food and eat most meals at home. Pre-COVID-19, I spent most of my free time travelling, shopping, and hanging out at casinos watching folks (including friends and/or family gamble).  Now I spend free time taking drives in rural areas, reading, and watching movies.

 

Kim Monaco, District Secretary, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I’ve definitely been spending a lot more time at home!  My kids (high school and college students) have hybrid schooling (partial in-person, partial Zoom/webex classes).  No restaurants since March (well, drive-thru only) but haven’t been inside a restaurant to eat since early March (I really miss Penn Station!).   I really value quality time with my family and spent a lot of the summer investing in making my backyard an outdoor oasis.  It’s just about perfect.

 

Stephanie Haggard, Public Information Specialist, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

COVID-19 has changed a lot of what we do as a family; no more dinners and lunches out (although we do support local take-out whenever we can), going to the movies or other fun activities we liked to do whenever possible. We’ve appreciated our family time so much that we’re actually expanding our family. in January we’ll be welcoming a little Haggard “Quarantennial” and we couldn’t be more excited!

 

Ancel Scott Baxley, Accounting Specialist, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

I now have high Blood Pressure and take meds. I definitely didn’t workout or eat as well after covid.

 

Debbie Young, Informatics Data Analyst, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Video Conferencing apps (Zoom, Duo and Google Meetings) have become my best friends. In person meetings, friend and family gatherings have all been replaced with video gatherings. My family (parents, sisters, children) all get together once per week on a Zoom meeting and I video conference with my parents multiple times per day.  I will note that I am tired of the walls in my house and I miss hugs from friends and family. When I feel especially secluded, I do visit my parents from a distance (me from their assisted-living courtyard, and them from their third floor outside balcony (see enclosed pic). It just helps to see them in person – When times are tough, we have to find creative ways to meet our most basic needs of human interactions, fellowship and relationships.

 

Beverly Underwood, Accounting Specialist, Payroll, District Office

How has COVID affected your life personally?

Covid-19 has changed my personal life by not being able to see my parents and in-laws as much as I would like since they are all in facilities and are not allowed visitors.  You see, 3 of the 4 of them have dementia and don’t understand why no one is visiting!  They think we don’t care and even though we may speak on the phone, it is not the same – especially for them!

On a similar note, my youngest son graduated high school this year!  As exciting as that may sound, that too was bittersweet because he didn’t want to participate in the graduation “ceremony” because they said they would do a drive-thru style and the student was to schedule a time, call when they arrived, tell them what type of vehicle they were in.  Then when they were driven through the front loop of the school lot, only the student could get out of the vehicle (as long as they were wearing their mask) and pick up their diploma.  A professional photographer would take their photo – parents were NOT allowed out of the vehicles.  So, I feel we were both robbed of the special day that we all worked so hard to make happen.  Either way, I am extremely proud of him as he is working full-time and furthering his education as an electrician.

My oldest son purchased a house!  He, his girlfriend, and son all moved out of my house over the Independence Day Weekend (how ironic, right?!) – Oh and in February 2021, they are blessing me with a baby girl! I am so very proud of them especially since they were only 16 & 17 when they got pregnant with their first child.  Oh how a support system really changes everything!