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Phoebe Butts has big dreams of being on a Broadway stage. The Oklahoma City-native moved to New York City in February, right before the city became an epicenter for COVID-19. In her audio diary, she talks about being diagnosed with COVID-19 and shares a moment of togetherness in the city that never sleeps. 


Oklahoma is one of many states lifting stay-at-home orders across the country this month after hospitalizations continued on a downward trend. Over the weekend, businesses such as movie theaters, restaurants and gyms were allowed to reopen if they also maintain strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. 

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020. 

Nathan Jacob won't have a typical graduation later this month due to COVID-19 - like many students who are in their final year of school.  In his audio diary, he talks about how he works through the change of being an active student to working from home and living with his parents and his brother, Joel. 


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While many people are spending lots of time together during the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressures of work are forcing some families to spend time apart. Charlie Amos of Wagoner County recorded this audio diary on April 19th. 


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Dr. Quisto Settle is an assistant professor of Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University. In his audio diary for KOSU, he talks about the challenges of living and working from home, trying to be there for his students during a global pandemic and taking time to enjoy life's little moments. 


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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.


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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.

Updated May 14, 2020

 

KOSU is committed to being your spot for community voices and factual information during turbulent times, like the COVID-19 pandemic. We know life has changed for everyone around the world and we're looking for people like you to share your stories and record this unprecedented time in our history. 

 

Help us create a space where communities can gather and listen to each other's stories. We are together, even when we are apart. 

 

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Paul Levy has worked in the oil field equipment industry for more than 30 years. He lives in Seminole County, Oklahoma with his wife Cai. They both have parents in their 80s.

Like many other Oklahomans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul has been navigating a new normal while following self-quarantine and social distancing protocols. He recorded an audio diary for KOSU that aired on April 7, 2020. 

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020.  

Kit Waters is a homeschool mother who lives in Miami, Oklahoma with her husband Chuck and son Berkeley. She talks about how the pandemic is changing the way homeschooling operates for her family, not being able to visit family members who are hospitalized and feeling helpless amidst a growing pandemic. Kit recorded audio diaries for KOSU Radio that aired on March 31, 2020.

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