'This could be devastating': Coronavirus halts work life for many Long Island residents
The coronavirus has left many Long Island residents out of work, leaving them to have a tough time making ends meet.
Brielle Bratton, a single mother from West Hempstead, was shocked when she was laid off from her job as an office manager when her employer switched to a work-from-home model.
"I'm thinking about my kids, and I'm thinking about what am I going to do during this time," says Bratton.
The 28-year-old is now left caring for a 7-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and her 89-year-old grandmother. She says her main concern is having enough food for everyone.
"If they're eating, maybe one night I won't," she says.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the crisis, Bratton says she has no way of knowing how long she'll remain unemployed. This has led her to make some tough decisions, including possibly giving up her car.
Meanwhile, at Amity Harbor Sports in Amityville, manager John Bocca is working in a store with no customers. It has been shut down since 8 p.m. Sunday.
The only action is coming from his embroidering machine, which makes custom gear for Little League teams.
"If this doesn't lift up and everybody doesn't get back to life at some point, this could be devastating," says Bocca.
As for Bratton, she's filing for unemployment and looking for a way to make things work.
"I'm a single mom. I can't afford to stay and be stagnant," she says. "I have to figure it out."