Work from home: No cubicles? No problem. How to bond with your team when you work together, apart

September 3, 2020

Terry Collins, Special to USA TODAY Published 5:56 a.m. ET Aug. 21, 2020 | Updated 2:56 p.m. ET Aug. 24, 2020

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Initially, Lisa Sanders thought her staff would be working from home for a couple of weeks, maybe a month max. Now, that thinking has turned into several months, and the staff not returning to the office for the rest of this year.

Like many other executives running a big company, she’s relying on videoconferencing to not only make sure the work is getting done but also coming up with creative strategies to maintaining a bond with her colleagues while working remotely.

She said the results have been surprisingly positive, and productivity has increased. 

“Videoconferencing has been a lifesaver. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to thrive as a business,” said Sanders, the vice president of operations and chief of staff at Zededa, which designs and develops cloud-based enterprise software with offices in both San Jose, California, and Bangalore, India. “It’s been a very fluid situation, and we’re still learning to adapt.” 

Maintaining a healthy work environment while spending hours behind a computer screen and a video camera is a challenge many of us are dealing with. We’re being asked to complete tasks, develop new skills, and improve our communication along the way. Much of that is happening through videoconferencing. 

Tom Griffiths is CEO and co-founder of Hone, a remote management training startup based in San Francisco and New York.

Tom Griffiths is CEO and co-founder of Hone, a remote management training startup based in San Francisco and New York.

 (Photo: Tom Griffiths)

Home is the new office

According to a recent study, researchers compared employee behavior over two eight-week periods before and after shelter-in-place was mandated. Looking at email and meeting metadata, the group calculated the workday lasted 48.5 minutes longer; the number of meetings increased about 13%, and people sent an average of 1.4 more emails per day to their colleagues.

And that’s quickly becoming our new normal, said Tom Griffiths, the CEO, and co-founder of Hone, a remote management training startup with offices in San Francisco and New York. 

“The way we used to work and do training was in the office and the classroom,” he said, but remote work trends have shifted now almost overnight. “We couldn’t have imagined that a few months ago.” 

Tom Griffiths of Hone says one of the keys to connecting with a team over video is to

Tom Griffiths of Hone says one of the keys to connecting with a team over video is to “keep mixing it up, so they stay engaged.”

 (Photo: Tom Griffiths)

Griffiths said Hone might have had a head start in the way companies are currently utilizing videoconferencing. Instead of using prerecorded videos, the company’s professional coaches teach its customers with live sessions using videoconferencing with classes between eight and 12 people. 

The goal is to get those taking their classes to retain their training and offering feedback quickly. Engagement is measured by seeing how many questions company employees ask during the training. “We keep mixing it up, so they stay engaged and are not too tempted to check their email or eat their lunch,” Griffiths said. 

Griffiths said his company has recently seen demand from companies to provide diversity and inclusion and bias training.

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Adjusting to the new normal

Overall, Griffiths said videoconferencing could be effective if employers don’t overwhelm their workers with so many of them during the day. He encourages companies to set goals and targets with their employee. He said the outcome and results should be the bottom line, whether they show up on the screen either at 8 a.m. or noon, to foster “a level of trust that shows they can do the job.”

Sanders of Zededa agrees. While she can have up to eight videoconference meetings a day because of her dual roles, she’s encouraged her staff to dress down for meetings and find time to block out time to focus on both work, themselves, and their families. 

Lisa Sanders of Zededa has one-on-one videoconference meetings with her staff to connect with them individually.

Lisa Sanders of Zededa has one-on-one videoconference meetings with her staff to connect with them individually.

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She said it’s completely healthy now that while tasks are discussed during videoconference meetings for interruptions to occur from family members asking questions, to pets jumping onscreen for attention.

“We immediately embraced it. We laugh more than anything at the challenges around it,” Sanders said. “It’s humanizing, makes us real people, and gives a glimpse into our co-workers’ lives, and I think it creates a stronger connection than just sitting in an office.”  

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Sanders also has one-on-one videoconference meetings with her staff with the intent to “create an even deeper bond between myself and them,” even though they are working remotely. 

Relax and recharge

About three months ago, to combat work-from-home fatigue and possibly more extended hours, Sanders and Zededa CEO Said Ouissal decided to shut down the offices by noon on Fridays.  

“We close down communications, and encourage our staff to spend time with their families, to relax and get recharged,” she said. “We also advise them not to attend a meeting just for the sake of attending them. If you don’t have to, politely decline it, ask colleagues to help fill you in later.” 

And, Sanders helps organize the company’s optional “5 p.m. happy hour” through videoconferencing. Many Zededa employees are musicians, so the occasion often morphs into a sing-along.

“They bring their guitars, and sometimes their kids join in, and it’s so wonderful to see their families get involved,” she said. “It’s been a great experience.”  

She’s already thinking about the company’s holiday party, which will take place via videoconferencing. 

“There’s going to be a lot of onscreen planning for that, too,” she said.

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Texas charged into its first weekend of re-opening the economy with residents allowed to go back to malls, restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores in limited numbers.Dressed as the Grim Reaper, Florida Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder talks with reporters after walking the newly opened beach near Destin, Fla on Friday, May 1, 2020. Uhlfelder was protesting the Walton County (Florida) Commission's decision to reopen the county's beaches in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In these circumstances, I can see no rational reason to open our beaches, effectively inviting tens of thousands of tourists back into our community” Uhlfelder said in a news release. “If by dressing up as the ‘Grim Reaper’ and walking our beaches I can make people think and potentially help save a life – that is the right thing to do.” Tymber Bryant, left, and Jackie Baker, with the 228 Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard in Spartanburg, place food in the car of Sterling Crawford of Abbeville, food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at the Department of Social Services Abbeville County Government Buildings in Abbeville, S.C. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Donal Dickens, the Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina said there was enough food for three days for 500 families who drove through, which ran out in two hours.United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Everyday the United States Postal Service employees work and deliver essential mail to customers.Medical workers take in patients outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 01, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are just beginning to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases. The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort prepares to depart Manhattan's West Side to return to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 30, 2020 in New York City. The USNS Comfort, a floating hospital in the form of a Navy ship, is departing New York after the last patient aboard was discharged earlier this week. The Comfort's 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms were deployed to ease pressure on New York hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.Pedestrians walk past a sign in front of the The Anthem, a popular live music venue, displaying a message of support amid the coronavirus pandemic, on April 29, 2020, in Washington, DC.Richard Frady of Hartwell, Georgia, a recovering COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health in Anderson, waves a Phoenix Fire Department engineer Jake Fierros, left, receives a free antibody test for the new coronavirus, administered by Phoenix Fire Department engineer paramedic Johnny Johnson at the Phoenix Fire Department training facility in Phoenix on April 28, 2020. Antibody tests, do not test for the presence of COVID-19 itself, but detect whether someone has the antibodies in their immune system to fight off the virus. Within ten minutes after taking the test that first responder was notified by phone if they tested positive. The tests available to all members of the Phoenix Fire Department were organized by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.A person wears a mask to protect against the coronavirus, votes in the Ohio primary election at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Norwood, a suburb of Cincinnati.AnMed Health staff and bystanders take photos and video of F-16 planes from The South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing flying over the hospital in Anderson, S.C. Monday, April 27, 2020. The group stated they A waiter at Gloria's Latin Cuisine in serves up lunch to patrons on the patio in Colleyville, Texas on April 27, 2020.Shelley Craft, owner of The Men's Refinery BarberSpa gives a haircut to Kenneth Gregory at her salon in Augusta, Ga., Friday morning April 23, 2020. Barber Patrick Watkins of Jet Cuts & Styles finishes up a haircut on Darrell Stevens at the reopened barbershop in Athens, Ga, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop is one of the first non-essential businesses in Athens to open following Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement to ease his COVID-19 emergency declaration. Pictures of the Crescent High School graduating class of 2020 are seen in downtown Crescent, Okla., Saturday, April 25, 2020. The pictures were hung to recognize the senior class that doesn't know what their graduation ceremony will look like. Vehicles line up to receive food during a donation drive by World Central Kitchen in the parking lot of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Baltimore. World Central Kitchen conducted its food relief operation during the coronavirus outbreak to help relieve food insecurity faced by Baltimore's vulnerable communities, at the request of Governor Larry Hogan.Eric Jones, 15, bowls as his dad, Heath, watches in the backyard of their Oklahoma City home, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Health and his son Eric built a bowling lane in their backyard so that Eric, a competitive bowler, could continue to bowl while bowling alleys are closed. Edwar Johnson works on making protective masks in Warren, Mich., Thursday, April 23, 2020. General Motors has about 400 workers at the now-closed transmission plant in suburban Detroit.Caskets of Muslims who have passed away from the coronavirus are prepared for burial at a busy Brooklyn funeral home on the first day of Ramadan on April 24, 2020 in New York. Like the majority of New York City funeral homes, services that deal with the dead in New York's Muslim communities have been overwhelmed with the large number of deceased. Around the world, Muslims are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan under severe restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. New York City, which has been the hardest hit city in America from COVID-19, is starting to see a slowdown in hospital visits and a lowering of the daily death rate from the virus.Cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank's mobile food pantry at the Maverik Center, Friday, April 24, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. As coronavirus concerns continue, the need for assistance has increased, particularly at the Utah Food Bank.Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander, leads a session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Oregon for residents sheltering in their apartments during the COVID-19 shutdown Tuesday April 21, 2020. The staff of the senior housing center have modified some of the regular routines for residents, staging activities like morning stretches and aerobic opportunities while still observing social distancing protocols.Sheila Parr and her daughters Violet Cann, left, 7, and Stella Cann, 5, donate food and toilet paper to the Little Free Library on Princeton Drive in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday April 21, 2020. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the book exchange boxes around the U.S. are being repurposed as sharing boxes with free food and toilet paper. The Paterson fire department COVID-19 EMS unit responds to a call for a person under investigation of having the coronavirus on April 16, 2020. Paterson has one of the highest coronavirus caseloads in N.J., with about 3,000 residents testing positive, according to New Jersey health officials. Fadia Joseph volunteers at a Central Texas Food Bank drive-through distribution at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2020. About 100 volunteers distributed nonperishable food and toiletries to thousands of people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.People wait in line at a Central Texas Food Bank drive-through distribution at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2020. About 100 volunteers distributed nonperishable food and toiletries to thousands of people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Alma Cropper, 84, left, is given a coronavirus test near her vehicle at a walk-up testing center, April 20, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. According to the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, the testing site began with a limited number of tests for people with symptoms on Monday.People wait in line for a coronavirus test at one of the new walk-in COVID-19 testing sites that opened at the located in the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in the Bronx Section of New York on April 20, 2020.A deserted 42nd Street is seen in midtown New York on April 19, 2020 during the COVID-19, coronavirus epidemic.A woman wearing a face mask to protect herself from the coronavirus carries balloons for a birthday party on April 18, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.Delcia Dias (left) and Monica Dias celebrate the beaches opening on a limited basis during the coronavirus pandemic Friday, April 17, 2020 on Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for activities such as walking, running, surfing, swimming, fishing and other activities. No sunbathing or sitting is allowed.A pedestrian uses a face cover while walking in downtown Durham, N.C., Friday, April 17, 2020. Gov. Roy Cooper's stay-home orders remain in effect as the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak in the state according to some hospitals.IMPD cadets salute during a traditional 10-42 end of duty call for IMPD Officer Breann Leath, Thursday, April 16, 2020. A mourner attends the funeral of Saul Sanchez, a longtime JBS employee that died of the coronavirus disease, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Greeley, Colo. on Apr 15, 2020.As masks became harder to get, hospitals began looking for ways to re-use them. Dan Cates demonstrates how used N95 masks will be placed onto plastic racks to be sterilized by a robot utilizing ultraviolet light at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.Mike Lane, a gas station attendant, tries to protect himself the best way he can to avoid the coronavirus while working at a Sunoco in Ridgefield Park, N.J. on April 15, 2020. NJ is the only state with full service gas in the country.To reduce the number of times a patient's room door is opened and the amount of personal protective equipment required, nurses in the intensive care unit of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital communicate through a window with an erasable whiteboard from a COVID-19 patient's room on April 14, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.This trio finds ample room to walk through a Rochester, N.Y. neighborhood on April 14, 2020 while following social distancing protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.A woman gestures to a child in a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus to pose for a photograph with the Rocky statue outfitted with mock surgical face mask at the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia, April 14, 2020.Finn, Thunder and Lego at the window of Ronald Boik visiting him as their owner Nicole George holds their leashes at the Cedar Woods Assisted Living in Belleville, Michigan on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Nicole and Tim George brought their three alpacas, Thunder, Finn and Lego to the nursing home to brighten up the day for some of the 110 residents that live there. Nozmi Elder, 70 of Dearborn and owner of Cedar Woods Assisted Living said most of the residents have been confined to their rooms for the past three weeks as precautions for the Coronavirus and thought the site of alpacas visiting them would lift their spirits.Lisa Chamblee buys produce at Concord Market in Anderson, S.C. April 9, 2020. The market sells food and plants from local sources and is selling well according to the business.People wait in their cars Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Traders Village for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution. The need for emergency food aid has exploded in recent weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic.A man wearing a mask walks by St. John's United Methodist Church COVID-19 Cross of Hope in Anderson, S.C. on April 9, 2020. The cross with royal blue ribbons for each diagnosed person in South Carolina started when there were 450 cases, but as the cross was placed in front of the church Thursday morning, the cases in South Carolina are at 2,552 with 63 deaths. Sandra Cooley waves from her window to the Easter Bunny as he visits Crimson Village assisted living community Thursday, April 9, 2020. The bunny came from Amediysis, a home health, hospice care and personal care company that serves Crimson Village. The bunny stayed outside the building to ensure safety from COVID-19 exposure to the residents. United Airlines' Terminal C is nearly empty at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. on April 9, 2020. Rabbi Dean Shapiro (left) of Temple Emanuel in Tempe, angles his laptop so others online can see their Seder plate as Shapiro's partner, Haim Ainsworth and their son, Jacob Shapiro-Ainsworth, 11, look on, as they participate in an online Seder during the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover at their home in Tempe on April 8, 2020. The Seder which included members from Temple Emanuel was being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.First Responders gathered outside of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. on April 8, 2020, to applaud the doctors, nurses and staff for the hard work they are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.Nurses in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital don personal protective equipment before entering the room of a patient suspected of having coronavirus April 8 in Leonardtown, Md.A whimsical display fashioned like giant high-demand toilet paper rolls draws attention to Hub City Smokehouse's curbside service on Main Street in historic downtown Crestview, Fla. on April 7, 2020.A woman looks for a director after voting at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day.In Austin, Texas, on April 6, 2020.Austin High School seniors and best friends, clockwise from top left, Brooke Peterman, 17, Maddy McCutchin, 18, Lucia Saenz, 17, Reese Simek, 18, and Lily Tickle, 18, visit with each other in the parking lot at the school in Austin, Texas, on Sunday April 5, 2020. In the midst of a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the girls sat in the back of their cars to chat at a safe distance.

Austin High School seniors and best friends, clockwise from top left, Brooke Peterman, 17, Maddy McCutchin, 18, Lucia Saenz, 17, Reese Simek, 18, and Lily Tickle, 18, visit with each other in the parking lot at the school in Austin, Texas, on Sunday April 5, 2020. In the midst of a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the girls sat in the back of their cars to chat at a safe distance. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman / USA TODAY Network

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A customer leaves Vagabond Coffee on Edgewood Avenue with his takeout order as the marque on the Murray Hill Theater offered positive words in light of the closings around Jacksonville, Fla and the rest of the country in the effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus Saturday, April 4, 2020. Over 3,000 vehicles made their way to the parking lot of Nelson Field at Reagan Early College High School in northeast Austin to pick up to a 30-pound box of food April 4, 2020. President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank in Austin, Texas. Becky Kops, right, uses a picker to hand her friend, Dajen Bohachek, a present as friends of Bohachek, of Bayside, held a social distance drive by birthday party for her during the coronavirus to celebrate her 44th birthday in Bayside, Wis. on Friday, April 3, 2020. The group decorated their vehicles at the Fox Point Village Hall before heading to Bohachek’s home to celebrate from the road. The stay at home order and the necessity to stay socially distant from each other has inspired creative ways for people to connect. An Arlington County employee speaks with a woman at a drive-thru donation point created to collect unused and unopened personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and some food items to help people responding to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, in Arlington, Virginia on April 3, 2020.Lorena Dominguez, a campus operations specialist at the IDEA Rundberg charter school in Austin, Texas, teaches math to kindergartener Reighan Holzkamp, 6, on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Ten children of first responders and essential workers are being taught at the school amid the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Phoenix closes park amenities due to the COVID-19 health crisis on the first day of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's The beach in Walton County, Fla sits nearly empty on March 31, 2020 following a mandated closure by the Walton County Commission. A body wrapped in plastic is prepared to be loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue by medical workers due to COVID-19 concerns, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Oculus Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center in Manhattan was all but empty March 30, 2020 as the stores that ring the site are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.State Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Dist. 44, wears gloves as he holds his hand to his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, as legislators convene in a limited number while exercising social distancing, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., March 31, 2020. They assembled briefly on the last day bills could be introduced during the legislative session.Medical personnel take people out of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin Tenn. As of Sunday, 74 residents and 33 staff members at the facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Bill Lee. People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus.A postal service carrier dons gloves as he delivers mail in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2020.Workers set up a camp in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital inside Central Park on March 29, 2020 in New York City.Gary Meyer, owner of Friedrichs Coffee, throws a bag of coffee into a car window at Friedrichs Coffee in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Meyer spent Saturday morning giving free bags of coffee to residents to help pull the community together as residents spend more time isolated in their homes due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.Nurses stand on a hill outside the emergency entrance to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020, as they demonstrate with members of the New York Nursing Association in support of obtaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for those treating coronavirus patients. A member of the New York nursing community died earlier in the week at another New York hospital. The city leads the nation in the number of coronavirus cases. Nurses say they are having to reuse their protective equipment endangering patients and themselves.A lone traveler enters an empty baggage claim area in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Mar. 27, 2020. Airlines are reducing flights due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.Teacher Julie Dannenmueller holds her sign for the students with the help of the Caped Crusader as teachers from Bluewater Elementary school have a parade through their school’s neighborhoods to sat “hi” to their homebound students on March 27, 2020 in Niceville, FL.Robert Becker walks his dogs while carrying a .410 bore shotgun as a precaution due to the new coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio.A general view of a lock on the main entrance gate on what was supposed to be opening day between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tom Giesfeldt, of Milwaukee walks his his dogs in an empty Miller Park parking lot on what would have been the Milwaukee Brewers opening day game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus. Kate Madsen, 6, displays her drawing in her window in hopes that it would cheer her neighbors up on March 25, 2020 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Madsen and her first-grade classmates are learning remotely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Robert Frost Elementary School. The 6-year-old says she misses her teachers, friends and art class.A hospital worker checks the temperature of a coworker at a pedestrian walkway at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas on March 25, 2020, where almost all visitors have been prohibited amid the coronavirus outbreak.Lori Glazer of Ossining, N.Y. rides an empty Metro-North train in to New York City during the morning rush hour March 25, 2020. Glazer is a registered nurse in the Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She says that riding the empty trains is surreal and that it's scary going into the city because A low number of vehicles travel on a normally busy Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee on March 24, 2020. Scores of businesses will close for a month under a new order from Gov. Tony Evers aimed at keeping people in their homes to limit the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin.Residents at The Waterford at St. Luke Senior Independent Living Community emerge from their apartments to wave flags and sing Mail carrier Jasmine Armstrong wears a mask while delivering the mail in Peekskill, N.Y. March 23, 2020. Armstrong says the the postal service supplies gloves and a mask, and she is maintaining the recommended six feet from others in order to avoid being exposed to the Covid-19 virus.Austin school district continues to provide free meals to students and parents during the 2019-2020 school year, despite the pandemic.Joze Sola waves through a window to his 70-year-old mother, who lives at a senior citizens center in North Austin, Texas, on March 22, 2020.Shakaira Brooks and scores of other people wait in line with appropriate social distancing for the 8 a.m. opening of the H-E-B in the Tanglewood Village Shopping Center in South Austin on Sunday March 22, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.Daily routines must continue, Sammy Irizarry of Passaic, wears a mask and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 while washing his clothes at Tri-City Laundromat on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Irizarry has preexisting health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure and is still working.Signs block the paths to the beach at the Okaloosa Island, Florida, Boardwalk, Saturday, March 21, 2020, as beach closure orders are in effect for Walton and Okaloosa Counties in the Northwest Florida panhandle.Times Square in Manhattan was far emptier than usual for a Saturday afternoon March 21, 2020. Coronavirus concerns have closed almost all businesses and kept most New Yorkers indoors.A Wayne State medical professional particiaptes in the Detroit Regional COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Program as she prescreens a first responder Friday, March, 20, 2020 before they are tested for COVID-19. Wayne State with the help of the DPD funneled traffic one way down Brush Street from the I-75 service drive to tents set up in a lot at 2900 Brush Street in Detroit.A man walks through a nearly empty Oculus transportation hub in lower Manhattan on March 20, 2020 in New York City.Health care workers screen patients who will be tested for COVID-19 at the FoundCare drive-thru testing station in Palm Springs, Fla., on March 19.Director of the Georgia Esoteric & Molecular Laboratory (GEM) Dr. Ravindra Kohle holds a vial containing a possible coronavirus sample before it is tested at the GEM lab at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Thursday morning March 19, 2020.A closed sign posted at Knotz Hair Studio, one of the several businesses closed in New Rochelle, NY due to the coronavirus pandemic, March 19, 2020.Empty cheese and dairy shelves greet customers at the Stop & Shop in Cross County Center in Yonkers, March 18, 2020.Jordan Cook of Anderson Interfaith Ministries Hunger Ministries, gets ready to load a car in the drive-through during food pantry hours in Anderson, S.C., March 18, 2020.Ashley Layton, an LPN at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, communicates with a person before taking a swab sample at a special outdoor drive-thru screening station for COVID-19 coronavirus in Meridian, Idaho on March 17, 2020.Kenny Scott, 4 walks with his mother Kayla Hutchinson and sisters after they picked up their grab-and-go lunch and snack at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla. on MArch 17, 2020. Duval County Schools started handing out grab-and-go lunches and snacks at neighborhood schools around the city , March 17, 2020 to continue the meals that students would have been getting had school been in session.A man with a face mask stands on the subway station on March 17, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.The State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. has closed due to the coronavirus along with other venues in Virginia.A medical team prepares to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of FoundCare, federally qualified health center in West Palm Beach, Fla. on March, 16, 2020.A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus,, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. A normally packed Cross County Parkway in Yonkers, NY carries very light traffic as seen March 16, 2020 at 7:25 a.m.Passengers wearing masks walk through the arrivals area at the Tim Bradley International Terminal at LAX in Los Angeles on March 15, 2020.Even for a typically slow Sunday afternoon Grand Central Terminal in New York City was quieter than usual March 15, 2020 as Coronavirus concerns kept travelers and tourists off the streets and away from popular destinations in the city. Cars line up for a drive through testing center for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Denver Coliseum on Mar 14, 2020.People stand outside the gates of Disneyland Park on the first day of the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks as fear of the spread of coronavirus continue, in Anaheim, California, on March 14, 2020.Customers at grocery chain HEB in Austin look for products among increasingly empty shelves as the city responds to concerns of the spread of the new coronavirus and COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.ACT Environmental Services crews clean a JetBlue plane after a flight from New York landed Wednesday night carrying a passenger who’d been infected with coronavirus at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on March, 12, 2020. (Via OlyDrop)A woman moves out of Chadbourne Hall Thursday, March 12, 2020 on the campus of UW-Madison in Madison, Wis. The university is one of multiple Wisconsin universities on Wednesday took dramatic steps to ward off or curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, everything from moving courses online to canceling university-sponsored travel and events to extending spring break.Trader Michael Gallucci works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street, erasing more than 1,400 points from the Dow industrials, as investors wait for a more aggressive response from the U.S. government to economic fallout from the coronavirus.Judie Shape, left, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, waves to her daughter, Lori Spencer, right, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center.

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