In this interview Phillip Hofer, a member of the North Harlem Hutterite Colony from Harlem, Montana, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the impacts on his community. Hofer recalls his initial understanding of the virus, his health and experiences with illness, including spending over 30 days in ICU. He discusses physical therapy and relearning to walk, the nurses who prayed for and with him, and taking vitamins and Ivermectin to aid his recovery. He shares how the closure of the border between the United States and Canada kept families apart, and the impact of missing funerals and holidays spent away from loved ones. He discusses how the pandemic brought his family together and made his community stronger. Hofer is interviewed by Jason Stahl, who was born and raised in a Hutterite colony north of Gildford, Montana.
Jason Stahl Interviews with Hutterites about COVID-19, OH 482, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
Hofer, Phillip, "Phillip Hofer Interview, December 28, 2021" (2021). Covid-19 Oral History Collection. 4.