One year in: How COVID changed everything

This month marks the one-year anniversary of when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the southern Illinois area. One year since staying six feet apart, figuring out remote learning and practicing social distancing became part of our everyday speak.

It’s been a long and tough year in many respects, and it has definitely been one for the record books. The Standard is planning a series of stories over the next several weeks about the important benchmark. Some of those stories: how far have come since then, what were some of the notable news events and what could we watch out for in the future.

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