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One year into the pandemic, small businesses struggle but survive by adapting

Tara Wyatt, right, owner of Tumbleweeds, helps Jamie Walsh of Avon with her record purchase Saturday, March 6, 2021, at the store in Niantic. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks are required, hand sanitizer is at the door for customers and a plexiglass shield has been placed between customers and Wyatt at the counter. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Day touched base with business owners interviewed last March and April to see how they've been doing since.

A year later, pandemic deaths leave an unfillable void

Connecticut reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 8, 2020. In the year since, we’ve lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends.

1918 flu didn't leave region quietly

This Red Cross hospital in New Haven was similar to facilities for influenza patients in southeastern Connecticut. The beds were isolated by curtains. (Library of Congress)

To get an idea what a less-than-ideal return to normal could be like, it's worth a look at what happened as the last pandemic receded.


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