Syracuse grapples with COVID’s impact one year into pandemic

COVID in the Community

As the coronavirus persists worldwide in early 2021, local residents are enduring the many ways their lives have changed.
Published: May 3, 2021 | Updated: May 15th, 2021 at 9:44 pm


COVID in the Community: Syracuse, New York cityscape

The COVID-19 pandemic that has continued in 2021 is a paradox: It is a universal event most of us experienced, to some extent, alone. After a siloed summer and a relative easing of cases during autumn, the country endured a serious rise in coronavirus cases just as the first vaccines began being administered. At Syracuse University, students, staff and faculty have spent a full academic year on a campus that was masked, distanced and different.

Inspired by The Washington Post’s “Voices from the Pandemic” series by Newhouse alumnus Eli Saslow, students in this year’s Reporting courses interviewed members of our community about their lives as COVID-19 took hold.

Documenting the stories of people in our community who lived through this time is the unique privilege of modern journalists. Journalism will help us remember what we lived through, together and apart.

COVID on Campus
COVID in the Community series: The Funeral Director
COVID in the Community

The Funeral Director

Published: May 3, 2021

Marie Farone is the funeral director and co-owner of Farone & Son Funeral Home in Syracuse.

The High School Teacher
COVID in the Community

The High School Teacher

Published: May 5, 2021

COVID in the Community: Joe Bennett is a physics teacher at Nottingham High School in Syracuse.

COVID in the Community series: The Entrepreneur
COVID in the Community

The Entrepreneur

Published: May 6, 2021

Adam Sudmann is a restaurant manager in Syracuse.

COVID in the Community series: The Worm Lady
COVID in the Community

The Worm Lady

Published: May 7, 2021

COVID in the Community: Dottie Brill is an SU student who worked at a local bug farm in Pennsylvania to keep busy during the pandemic.

COVID in the Community series: The Political Activist
COVID in the Community

The Political Activist

Published: May 7, 2021

COVID in the Community: Noah Goldmann is an SU student who worked on a Senate campaign last year.

COVID in the Community series: The TikTok Star
COVID in the Community

The TikTok Star

Published: May 10, 2021

Tessa Pulgar is a Syracuse University student and musician.

COVID in the Community series: The Overseas Professor
COVID in the Community

The Overseas Professor

Published: May 11, 2021

COVID in the Community: SU Professor Brian Brege was a fellow at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Institute in Florence when COVID-19 hit.

COVID in the Community series: The Wardrobe Stylist
COVID in the Community

The Wardrobe Stylist

Published: May 12, 2021

Jackie Terribile is the founder of The Small Town Stylist.

COVID in the Community series: Alec Hefke, a Rochester restaurant owner
COVID in the Community

The Restauranteur

Published: May 13, 2021

COVID in the Community: Alec Hefke is a Rochester restaurant owner.

COVID in the Community series: The Safety Net
COVID in the Community

The Safety Net

Published: May 14, 2021

COVID in the Community: Michael Collins is commissioner of the Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development.