Pandemic Progress and Defeat: COVID-19 One Year Later

(Illustration by Claudia Silva/Kokopelli)

On March 13, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency leading to shutdowns across the country.

From empty store shelves to overwhelming death tolls, Americans have faced trials over the last year that most had never encountered before. With over 540,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, many wonder if things will ever return to normal.

Yet as we pass this one-year milestone, Americans are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. The CDC reports that 43% of U.S. citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the number of new cases has gone down dramatically since January 2021.

The stories in this series titled, “Pandemic Progress and Defeat: COVID-19 One Year Later,” examine the hardships people in our community have faced, how we’ve managed to overcome them, and what we have learned.

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Las Cruces organizations keep community afloat

While individuals and families have been struggling in many ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations across Las Cruces have been ...
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College athletics recruiting remains virtual

A little over a year after the coronavirus changed life in the United States, New Mexico State University’s athletics programs ...
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An emerging mental health crisis

College-age students are facing a mental health crisis as the country passes the one year milestone of the COVID-19 pandemic ...
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The arts manage to stay active amid lockdowns

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the arts are still managing to stay active at New Mexico State University ...
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Travel restrictions create hardships, opportunities for students

With much of the world engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and health concerns have jeopardized education for international ...
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Financial realities for struggling students

Aaron Hernandez and Cynthia Mendoza are former NMSU students who were unable to return to school due to the ongoing ...
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Pandemic leads to educational challenges, successes

Schools and institutions in New Mexico have been facing the challenges of having to provide online instruction during the pandemic ...
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