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Today’s World: Coping with COVID-19, part 4

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Insights and ideas on how to deal with the ‘new normal,’ living 6 feet apart and social distancing

Recently, we started a new series showing how others are coping, adapting and living in the COVID-19 times. There might be stories that inspire, lighten the burden or just entertain.

Our area’s people are known for being tough, resilient and independent. They are the descendants of pioneers, and one day, their children’s children will look back with pride on how every family and person dealt with these challenging times. Here are their stories:

John Hernandez

John Hernandez is a metal artist out of Carlsbad. Asked how his work was impacted due to the COVID-19 crisis he said, “I worked at the Senior Center, the local gym and The Artist Gallery — all three closed. The gym owner tried opening backup early, but state shut him down twice.”

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Hernandez said that he is the sole caretaker of his mother and sister since his father had died. He does get support from the community. “We get Meals on Wheels Mondays through Fridays and our church brings a box of food bi-weekly,” Hernandez said.

While missing going to the casino, Hernandez said that he has a routine and took took time to continue his education. “I polished off my chef school days, cooking up special dishes,” he said.

Asked about how he is keeping up with the happenings around the state and the world, Hernandez said, “I watch news all day. It gets tiring but I try to limit my online time.”

With restrictions easing up, Hernandez said that he will continue to be careful. “When it opens up, I am still going to stay home as much as possible. I’ll stay away from crowds. This is only the first wave, the second is going to be worse since nobody wears masks.”

Jeorganna Simoes

Jeorganna Simoes is known in the community for her roles as actor at Roswell Community Little Theatre (RCLT) and Way Way Off Broadway Theatre Company. She has been attending Galacticon and other fairs as an artist vendor, selling her paintings.

On Facebook messenger she wrote about her life and the changes she adapted to since the stay at home order was put in place. “I don’t personally work, but it has effected my participation in theater,” she said. “I was saddened by the cancellation of Galacticon. I had planned on selling my art. I have done very well there in the past.”

Asked if she got help by the government or other organizations, Simoes said, “I did receive a stimulus check. It gave some welcome relief. Tony (my husband) and I qualified for extra help with food. It too has been a bonus.”

Simoes said that she finds alone time — if necessary — in her yard, but she stays busy working on her art. “I have been drawing, have done some paintings. Also, I have been working on a play I will be directing at RCLT next season. There is always ground work to be accomplished,” she said.

Asked about her daily routine, Simoes said, “At our house the schedule is set by the fur-babies. They are relentless about certain things happening on their schedules. They don’t care about COVID-19.”

Concerning the news Simoes said, “I had to police my viewing about the pandemic, I found myself watching everything at first. Now, I turn it off after checking several sources.”

Asked about the easing of the restrictions, Simoes said, “I am glad shop owners are being allowed to cautiously reopen. Many owners in town are friends of mine and I know they are concerned about their livelihoods. I hope everyone adheres to safety guidelines.”

Simoes is staying positive, but may be more effected than others, especially with the news that children’s health may be affected differently, even long-term, from the side effects after recovering from COVID-19. “I suppose my biggest concern is the speed and accuracy in which a vaccine will be produced. I have a grandnephew who was diagnosed with Kawasaki, so I am hoping COVID-19 does not become a problem for more children. Falling into the matrix for severe complications for my husband and I, makes me vigilant about potential risks,” Simoes said.

Would you like to share your routine or tips on how to cope with the restrictions? Email vision@rdrnews.com or call 575-622-7710, ext. 309. You can message us on our Facebook page as well.

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