'Trying To Keep This Virus At Bay Is What My Primary Goal Is'

Apr 14, 2020

This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

Like many other people during the coronavirus pandemic, Tracie Verkler of Kingfisher, Okla. is not only caring for herself.

Tracie helps take care of her first grandchild who was born on March 13, 2020. She lives with three other adults, including her husband George, who is over 65 and retired from the Air Force. She calls her home "The Baby Bubble" and says keeping her grandchild and husband safe during this time is her top priority.

Tracie recorded an audio diary for KOSU that aired on April 14, 2020. 

KOSU's Kateleigh Mills produced this story as part of the America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. KOSU Radio is part of the America Amplified network.

Kateleigh Mills has been reaching out to Oklahomans across the state to record first-person oral histories during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. These 'audio diaries' are being stored and archived by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

You can learn more about recording your own audio diaries here.


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