As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly throughout the country, Americans have been directed to stay at home when possible, shutter the doors of their non-essential businesses and avoid large gatherings. The results have shocked not only the economy, but residents' way of life, and left public areas abandoned.
The effects are not exclusive to highly populated coastal states, and have rippled throughout America's heartland into the Upper Midwest. From the Twin Cities metro to small towns like Stewartville, residents have hunkered down at home to stay safe, leaving their community hubs empty.
These photos illustrate the novel coronavirus' impact on local communities.