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In the early months of 2020, concerns about a novel coronavirus, which had first been detected in late 2019 in China, began circulating the globe. The CDC announced the name for the new disease: COVID-19.

In the US, reported cases of COVID-19 began to rise, with surges of the virus happening worldwide.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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Miranda Oglesby is the managing editor of The Paris News and editor of Paris Life magazine.

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