Residents Share the Meaning of their Stories About COVID-19

SenseMaker Project: COVID-19
March 2020 – April 2021

Learn more about who shared a story about COVID-19.

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Emotional Tone of the Story

Storytellers were asked, “How do you feel about your story?” They had five options ranging from “strongly negative” to “strongly positive.” The visual below shows how many stories were in each category.

How Common Were the Stories?


Community members were asked to choose what concerns them most now (with the option of selecting more than one below). The health of themselves, their friends, family, and community were the most common concerns.

Solutions and Community Resilience

The visual above is separated into two based on whether the stories were positive (“Strongly positive” or “Positive) or negative (“Strongly negative” or “Negative”).

Learning from the Past and Moving Forward

Where should we be focused?

My story shows we need to:

Who the story is about

My story is about:

Motivations of people in the stories

In your story, why did people act the way they did?

How people are treated

In my story: