With every confirmed case of the Coronavirus, the world around us changes. Gloved hands graze through empty isles at the grocery store, people of all ages sit in seclusion and playgrounds are no longer for play.

Towns across Texas began issuing stay at home orders; and since then, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive stay-home order for the state until April 30, not including essential activities.

Most SFA students have headed back home to Dallas, Houston, parts of East Texas and other states across America, each one experiencing this pandemic differently. Pine Log Photo Editor Cameron Keplinger captured images of some of the precautions his hometown of Mansfield took in response to the virus.

“When I arrived at the park there was a single person there and he was singing to himself. That was it. Gone are the many people walking the trails and playing basketball. They are replaced with cut down nets and silence,” Keplinger said. “When I went out around town to take pictures I felt like I shouldn’t be there, but it was important I was. Documenting this pandemic is very important and I felt it was my duty as a photojournalist to capture the scenes around me during this hard time.”

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