Pandemic Archives


In the past year, Richland County residents have experienced something that has not been seen in over 100 years. The current pandemic has many similarities to the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918. Many were not concerned then with telling their stories for the benefit of future generations, but we have the unique opportunity to capture those experiences in the moment, so future generations will understand how we lived during these times.

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Partition at Cash Register
A clear plexiglass partition helps prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus while customers check out at Kroger on Park Avenue West in Mansfield, Ohio

Line of Carts at Walmart
A line of carts creates a temporary barrier with a sign reminding customers to stay six feet apart at Walmart on Possum Run Rd. in Mansfield, Ohio.

Masked Young Man
Masks and other face-coverings are recommended by the CDC to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. This young man stands outside of Metronome Music masked with guitar in hand.
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