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What I gained from two coronavirus outbreaks

What I gained from two coronavirus outbreaks

June 16, 2020

Getting on a plane from Florence, Italy back to San Francisco wearing dish gloves was not how I thought my study abroad experience would end. At 4 a.m March 11, I arrived at the Florence airport with my roommate, sweaty from wearing a multicolored ...

I help out many essential workers like Heinrich, who works at the Manazana apple sauce plant in Rohnert Park. Essential workers are often patient and understand the stress I am going through as an essential worker myself.

Checked out: My struggles and sacrifices as a front-line worker

June 13, 2020

The sweat dripped from my forehead and down past my mask. My legs ached and my arms were sore from swiping items across the scanner and repeatedly sanitizing the checkstand with a rag. Everyday from the start of the Sonoma County quarantine has felt...

SRJC records first COVID-19 case on campus

June 11, 2020

A student in one of Santa Rosa Junior College’s public health and safety programs tested positive for COVID-19, the first positive case confirmed on the Santa Rosa campus, SRJC authorities said Thursday afternoon.  The student attended class in the Race build...

Unearthed

Unearthed

June 10, 2020

Let’s talk about the quiet. Because there is a lot said in between words, and that’s stretching out, all gooey gluten out before our eyes as we persist to be trapped inside. Or get to enjoy a staycation. I keep flip flopping back and forth betwee...

Laura Figueroa is an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is pregnant with her first child.

Pregnant and alone in quarantine

June 5, 2020

My name is Laura Figueroa. I am an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior college. And this is how COVID-19 has been affecting me during this quarantine. On Dec. 31, 2019, I felt very enthusiastic because we were going to start a new year in a couple of hours....

Maria Isabel Magaña is a prospective SRJC nursing student.

Disconnect

June 3, 2020

  Day 50 of being tucked away, where my thoughts run rampant. I used to wish for days as quiet as the night. Is it too late to take that back? “Shelter in Place”, “Safer at Home” Logic understands why. But not everything is logic...

At 2 p.m. nearly every day,  cardiac nurse Maddison Jones* leaves home for the unknown to a Sonoma County hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones focuses on self-care, so she can continue to take the best care of her patients at work.

The new normal: Three front-line workers describe their lives during the coronavirus emergency

June 2, 2020

A restaurant worker, class valedictorian and a nurse all come from different worlds, but are brought together by one thing: how the reality of their lives and jobs changed during the COVID-19 health and economic emergency. “Something like this is scary,” said fur...

Some of the 1000 masks Toni Bacigalupa Albaum, coordinator of Student Engagement Programs in Petaluma, made for nonprofit organizations.

And so I made masks

June 1, 2020

The sound of the sewing machine filled the house after work. On the weekends. Each mask takes about an hour to make, a little less if done in an assembly line. Cut. Pin, pin, pin. Sew, sew, sew. Turn it right side out. Pin, pin, pin. Sew,...

Grocery workers scared, exhausted

June 1, 2020

As a Whole Foods Market employee for three years, Jade, 22, has seen the store through many disasters, including the wildfires in 2017 and 2019. Nothing has compared to the pandemic. “I get anxious coming to work because I don’t know what I’...

North Bay nonprofit continues to battle domestic violence during quarantine

North Bay nonprofit continues to battle domestic violence during quarantine

May 23, 2020

Every day, Daisy fears her son might kill her. But she stays because she struggles with a lack of support from her family as well as love for him. “He abuses me every day of my life, and it’s torture,” she said. “He’s not getting the help ...

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

May 23, 2020

It’s 6 a.m. and the sun is still not up. I gather my glasses, car keys, work keys and I’m on my way out. I can’t forget my mask. I make my 30-minute commute to Novato where I work. I can't forget my mask. I open the door, head to the back for my t...

What coffee shop workers want you to know

What coffee shop workers want you to know

May 23, 2020

Jacky, 19, an SRJC freshman, has been serving coffee for a year now as a barista in a Santa Rosa coffee shop. Working there during a pandemic has completely shifted her experience as a barista, as she recalls a recent incident that made her feel horrible and...

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