ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sunday marks one year since the Commonwealth reported its first case of COVID-19. That first case was a U.S. Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir who tested positive for the virus after returning from overseas.

For about a year now, face masks, sanitizer, and social distancing have ruled our world.

“I’m standing outside wearing two masks, worried about sanitizer. My glasses keep fogging up. That’s kind of been the life for a year,” said Paul DePaola.

“Seems like a lot longer, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. So now it’s starting to not seem so bad,” Dough Zirkle said.

Many people across the Commonwealth have had to adjust.

“It’s been a crazy year. A lot has changed. My son started virtual kindergarten. Everything has been tough,” said Alyssa Piercey.

From school to how we shop and even how we work, COVID-19 has changed our daily lives.

“Things have gotten better. I am privileged enough I can work from home. That’s taken out a lot of stress in my life,” said DePaola.

It’s been a tough year for most, but many Virginians are hopeful.

“I feel like I’m more positive now, ’cause I remember a year ago that we all didn’t know what to expect,” said Zirkle.

Gov. Ralph Northam posted a video on social media on Sunday, March 7 to look back on the loss over the last year, but also to share hope for the future.

As more vaccinations are distributed, many Virginians are eager about the coming months.

“I just hope that you know, we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Piercey.

“I hope to travel, those things are just weren’t possible, but I think there, they will be soon,” said Zirkle.