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'We're Surviving... I Think That's Where We Need To Be Right Now'

This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

For Elizabeth Bass, the past month has been a mixture of the highest highs and the lowest lows after both her brother and father tested positive for COVID-19. In her audio diary, she talks about the feeling of crushing helplessness and learning how to grieve and celebrate at the same time.

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 diaires' are being stored and archived by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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

Kateleigh Mills returned to KOSU in December 2019 as Special Projects Reporter, following a year-long stint at KWBU in Waco, Texas.