It all happened so fast.
The front page of the Monday, March 9, edition of the Times-Call carried no mention of a new coronavirus that was causing the illness known globally as COVID-19. Featured stories were about the state Legislature hitting its halfway point, ranked-choice voting gaining favor in some quarters, a speech marking International Women’s Day and efforts to aid an endangered fish species.
A brief teaser at the top of the front page noted the CU Buffs basketball team was “running out of time” to regroup as the season wound down.
Before the end of the week, the life that page portrayed was, itself, frozen in place or canceled by the pandemic that cast its invisible net over every aspect of the life people hold familiar.
The next day’s page one confirmed that coronavirus cases in the state were up to 12. And by that Wednesday, news coverage was dominated by Gov. Jared Polis’s declaration the previous day of a state of emergency. Before the end of the week, the long list of cancellations affecting nearly every thread in the normal fabric of everyday existence was growing rapidly.
The fate of the Buffs’ basketball team was less than an afterthought.
After 59 deaths in Boulder County, over 900 people sickened, and thousands at the local level put out of work at least temporarily by widespread business closures, it is virtually impossible to find someone not directly affected by the greatest health crisis of the modern era.
From health care workers to first responders to educators forced to finish their years teaching over a computer screen to personal services workers required to meet their customers curbside to the many who can do little more than wait for the life they knew to — maybe — come back to them, few stories are the same.
And everybody has one.
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