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A timeline in pictures: Inside the shutdown

Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian March 7th, 2020.  Seattle Central College stated that classes will be transitioning to remote operations through March 25th, putting an end to in-person classes for the remainder of Winter quarter.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian March 7th, 2020.  Seattle Central College’s copy center is maintaining normal business hours during the first week of the school’s shutdown to remote operations.  Businesses have been forced to close both temporarily and permanently as quarantine efforts intensify nationwide.
Jordan Somers March 7th, 2020.  Two work study students continue their normal job functions at Seattle Central’s Information Central office.

“We don’t have that privilege to shutdown,” said Becca, an employee of Information Central.  “I have two kids at home, so I have to make money regardless.”  This was said in the wake of Seattle Central College’s move to remote operations on March 7th, 2020.  The following week, Governor Jay Inslee extended the date to April 24th, 2020.  “I would rather die trying to attempt to make money for my kids then let my kids become homeless.”  Becca joins a growing number of Washington residents who have lost their primary – and perhaps sole – source of income in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian March 9th, 2020.  Barren 3rd floor hallways of Seattle Central in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 13th, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee ordered a continuation of the remote operations shutdown through April 24th, 2020.

Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian March 9th, 2020. Two Seattle Central College janitorial workers clean and sanitize an empty computer lab on the 5th floor. Custodial employees, along with other specialized staff members, will continue their job functions amid the school shutdown.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian March 15th, 2020. Shelves depleted of toilet paper and paper towels in a Seattle Safeway; both items have become highly sought after products amid growing concerns and question marks surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.


Jordan Somers

Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.

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