One of the strangest times in modern history is upon us due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no more evidence of life coming to a halt than the city of Las Vegas.

Sin City is closing in on 4,000 cases and 200 deaths. But the damage goes beyond this.

Most businesses on The Strip and on Fremont Street have been closed due to a mandate by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. The economic effects will be costly, with estimated losses nearing $40 billion.

Cassandra Breckenridge has lived for nearly 30 years in Las Vegas. The 1986 Malvern graduate moved to the city in 1990, and other than a short stint in Jacksonville, Florida, has lived most of her life as Nevadian.

"I currently work as a stagehand in wardrobe, and occasionally in lighting," stated Breckenridge. "The shows I worked on all cancelled March 7. Most shows and conventions in town ended that night. Dwight Yoakam was my last gig.

Non-essential businesses closed on March 18. That included all casinos and hotels. The Strip and downtown look like ghost towns."

Breckenridge has raised two children in Las Vegas - Audrianna, age 24; and Keenan, age 22.

"My son and I went grocery shopping on March 8 in anticipation of a shutdown. After that day we semi self-quarantined. We used to go to the gym every day. Now we take an hour walk instead. We also watch too much television."

Breckenridge keeps in touch with her family back in Ohio.

"I use Messenger to talk to my one brother, and I call and text my mom, dad and other brother.

"My daughter doesn’t live with me, but she did visit once since the social distancing went into effect. Other than that one time, we text.

"I hope this is all over soon. I don’t mind being somewhat isolated, but it has been hard on my son."