Written for 100 Days in Appalachia. Read the full piece here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life in Appalachia. More than 250,000 people in central Appalachia have applied for unemployment benefits, creating backlogs and significant delays. Rural health clinics that were already struggling to provide adequate health care to their communities are even more strained and more and more workers in essential industries are finding themselves ill.
So with all of the uncertainty, we wanted to hear directly from Appalachians about how their coping and how their communities are changing as a result of the pandemic. We sent out a digital survey asking you to share your personal struggles and community observations. Here’s what you had to say.
Top image: Photo: David Smith, 100 Days in Appalachia