The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of our daily lives. How we work, shop, worship, eat, visit and learn is different now. So, too, is how interact with one another. But our need for human connection hasn't wavered. Over the past weeks, photographers have documented an altered Columbia. There are empty campuses and empty businesses, but also people coming together to do good.

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Dogmaster Distillery made and sold hand sanitizer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the right alcohol content, they diluted 192-proof alcohol with water and a weaker alcohol. Ten customers at a time were allowed inside the distillery, and social distancing was evident outside, too.

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The sign outside Mill Creek Elementary School added to its encouraging advice, fitting for these uncertain days. With Columbia Public Schools closed, elementary students use learning packets for at-home instruction. Recognizing the toll of the growing pandemic on students' abilities to learn, on April 1, the district decided to temporarily pause classes to allow time to reevaluate its expectations.

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On the last day of in-person classes at Hickman High School, Carrig Irelan waits for his parents to pick him up. The closure remains in effect through April 24. 

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Boone Hospital Center opened a coronavirus drive-thru testing center March 18 after the county recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. There are four testing locations in the city. Hospital staff at the drive-thru, such as Sherri Burks and Burt Perrin, swab patients' noses for the test. In order to be screened, patients must have been assessed by a medical provider and have a physician's order.

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Local churches have devised creative ways to facilitate at-home worship. Leslie Potter, the early childhood children's minister at Forum Christian Church, sets out communion supplies for the church's drive-thru pickup of wafers and grape juice. At C2 Church, pastors have started offering drive-thru prayer, which lets people pray with them without leaving their vehicles.

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MU freshman business student Josh Thorpe hugs his roommate and fellow business major Charlie Meier before leaving Columbia with his family on March 14, the day after the University of Missouri System announced courses would be taught online for the rest of the semester. Fewer than 400 of the 6,315 students who lived in dorms remain as of March 31. The university is returning 45% of the cost of housing for those vacated by April 3.

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