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Community Conversation: Coronavirus March 2021 - Part 8
Community Conversation: Coronavirus March 2021 - Part 8
Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 11:14 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2021 at 11:15 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - One year ago, the coronavirus pandemic turned our lives upside down.

We checked back in with experts for a community conversation.

Watch the our full March 2021 special in the eight video sections below:

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A year has now passed since COVID-19 changed millions of lives across the country.

We have learned a lot, we have felt loss, and we are looking ahead.

The global pandemic is still very present.

During our 14 News prime time special on Thursday night, we looked back at what brought us to this point.

Recalling March of 2020, all of us knew COVID was coming.

“You have your daily routine and all the sudden that is really upended,” Dr. Francis DuFrayne with Owensboro Health recalled.

The rules were changing, and uncertainty was rising.

“The way we pulled together as a community and as a health care community is truly remarkable,” Dr. James Porter with Deaconess Health System shared. “The barriers of a lot of things we normally don’t necessarily talk about or cooperate with really came down, and we focused on what is the right thing to do for the people of this area?”

Three vaccines have since been developed, but long before that was the human loss. These numbers became painfully real through grieving relatives.

”He’s gone,” one man shared. “My dad is no longer here because of COVID.”

Coronavirus would have significant impact on schools, classrooms and the children who attend them.

”The best part is, basically, still being able to be educated without having to look at a screen all day,” an elementary student shared.

Personal stories put perspective on the scope, such as the Princeton couple who each tested positive for COVID and passed away.

The 62-year-old wife was laid to rest on Tuesday.

”He video chatted us to tell us good and that he loved us,” daughter Leah Bailey tearfully stated.

Members of our 14 News family were immensely impacted, like long-time employee Mike Blake who battled the virus and had to bury his wife, Jenny.

”I think what I’ve learned is the pandemic has taught us how to reconnect,” Blake said.

We also pulled in local politicians.

”Our community started making donations for PPE to make sure we could battle it as quick as possible,” Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton expressed.

We heard from the medical heroes.

”We were always wiping away tears,” a frontline worker said. “Their family members couldn’t be there to do it. We were reassuring patients. We were promising we’d do our best, knowing that we couldn’t always predict the outcome.”

And we shared hope for what the future holds.

”We take so much for granted,” Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke added. “I hope this has taught us not to take our blessings for granted.”

Mayor Winnecke posted on social media Thursday evening that he received his second vaccine dose.

Community Conversation: Coronavirus March 2021 - Recap

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