My name is Zachary Ruybal and I am a Senior at Humboldt State University, majoring in Criminology and minoring in Environmental Policy. I live in Eureka, and have lived here for about 3 months, but have lived in Humboldt County since January 2020. I conducted an oral history, and the interviewee is Patty Kubala, who works as the Clinical coordinator at Providence St. Joseph's Hospital. She worked in healthcare both before and after COVID-19 began, and has seen major changes in the community because of it. Since she works in the healthcare industry, she has had lots of firsthand experience with the impacts that COVID-19 has brought forth on both her and the local community members.
This oral history is an interview that includes questions about how COVID-19 has impacted community members in Humboldt County, in this specific oral history, how it has impacted Patty Kubala. I learned about what her day to day life is like, as well as what she'd like people in the future to know about this pandemic time. It includes what COVID-19 has brought upon society, how it can be seen as an opportunity, and the hardships that it has created. She also gave us good knowledge and evidence of how much better times were before COVID-19, and how much happier her patients seemed to be. She gives good personal experience about how staff shortages have made these times even harder on healthcare personnel then it already was, and much more valuable information on the impacts on healthcare. This oral history gives us a good look at how healthcare workers, specifically medical assistants, have been affected by this pandemic, and how Patty see's the world in the future after this pandemic passes.