Douglas County

COVID-19's impact: Voices from the community


“I have been practicing law for over 27 years and now practice part-time and take care of our sons. My husband, Mark, is working from home. We have been walking in Salisbury Equestrian Park, exploring nature and home schooling our sons in music, art, exercise, and reading. We embraced the changes needed to stay healthy as issued by government officials. We have enjoyed greater family time together, and cooking meals at home.”

— Laura Hefta, 54, Parker, lawyer

“Social distancing has impacted our daily routine significantly. However, we want to make sure we are not contributing to the spread of this illness. We have left the house four times to pick up groceries. We spend the day doing educational activities, crafting, walking and playing outside. Our family is trying to take a relaxed approach and insert fun where we can. We have become more lenient with screen time for the kids. We acknowledge that it is a privilege to be safe and healthy at home, so we try to temper our anxiety with gratefulness.”

— Rebekah Kennedy, 32, Parker, stay-at-home parent

Mandy Henry, 40.
Mandy Henry, 40.
“In our house, we're definitely trying to focus on being optimistic and just look for the positives...I'm relying on zoom meetings with my friends (right now). I love my kids and I love parenting but I'm used to being with adults eight hours a day.”

— Mandy Henry, 40, Highlands Ranch, works for Mission Hills Church

Emma Fisher, 16.
Emma Fisher, 16.
“I just get four years of high school and this is half of a year that I just don't get back. It feels like a lot of wasted time... I also worry about how people are going to recover and how this will affect people's anxiety. It's going to be hard to get people to venture outside again.”

— Emma Fisher, 16, Highlands Ranch, junior in high school

K.C. Neel stands inside the bike and ski shop she and her husband run in downtown Castle Rock. The couple recently commissioned a mural spanning the length of their building.
K.C. Neel stands inside the bike and ski shop she and her husband run in downtown Castle Rock. The couple recently commissioned a mural spanning the …
"There has never been a time in many, many moons where we all didn’t need each other more than we need each other right now. I think we all need that social interaction. We need social connection. We need social connection more now than in anybody's recent memory.”

— K.C. Neel, 60, Douglas County, small business owner

Kristen Sortman
Kristen Sortman
"The biggest issue for me has been staying home. Although I am a stay-at-home parent, it is rare for me to be at my house. We are normally very active and like to go out and do things... I'm glad that I am able to say, the hardest part for me has been being forced into solitude in our home."

— Kristen Sortman, 32, Castle Rock, stay-at-home parent


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