Photos of COVID-19 responses and impacts in Cary, NC

When I was returning to the car after making a quick grocery store run in the spring of 2020, my eye caught the hand painted message captured in the below photo. I was touched by its words. Troubled times can make us reassess what is important in life – EACH OTHER.

The March Madness poster on the left window took on a whole new meaning – disruptions and changes caused by the pandemic. Notice the chairs socially distanced in the lobby of this store. This message remained up until May 22nd when hair salons were allowed to reopen as part of North Carolina’s Phase 2.

Seeing this touching message sparked my curiosity. I grabbed my camera to see what other responses and messages were posted around town (Cary, North Carolina). I also wanted to document the impacts of the coronavirus. My photos follow, all of which were taken prior to the start of Phase 2:

More Photos of Responses to COVID-19

You can alternatively view the following photos as a slideshow by hovering over the bottom of the first photo and clicking in its caption. The same holds for the other subsequent photo collections.

Photos of COVID-19 Impacts

Each of the following photos has a caption with documentary notes. To read the full text of a caption, hover over the bottom of each photo or view the photos in a slideshow as directed above.

Photos of Appreciation or Support

Each of the below photos has a caption as well.

Cary High School had a parade for its seniors on Monday June 1st from 8-10pm. The seniors were in cars with their families and drove on a loop around the school. Families posted signs along the route to congratulate their soon-to-be graduate and teachers were on hand to congratulate them as well. Several cars were decorated. One car had a sign that read: “The tassle was worth the hassle.” On June 10th, the Cary High School seniors will be graduating via a virtual ceremony.

My favorite photos of the seniors parade are shown in the slideshow below.

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This is a moment in time that we will all remember. Photography is a great way to document such moments, so be sure to take photos of what you encounter and experience.

Be safe, be kind, and remember we’re all in this together!

NOTE: Information and guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be accessed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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14 thoughts on “Photos of COVID-19 responses and impacts in Cary, NC

  1. Dan says:

    Please share those with the State Archives as they are collecting images and artifacts related to the pandemic. These will help them document this moment in history.


  2. Rebecca says:

    These feel so personal to me because I saw several of them myself. Thank you for thinking to capture this unprecedented time on film. A community working together by staying apart.


  3. Linda Starkweather says:

    I’m not sure why, but my favorite was the smiley faced mailbox with the thank you sign hanging below. Very nice work Kathy, and it will cause me to take more note of similar signs in my own community of Pittsboro.

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  4. Scott Niven says:

    Kathy – you’ve done a fantastic job of documenting this crazy time period we’ve been living in. Your pics show how the heart and desire to help others comes out in times of need. Glad you shared this link because I had forgotten about your blog but now I have bookmarked it and will be visiting more often. Thanks again for the uplifting post!

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