Flagstaff Mayor Declares COVID-19 Remembrance Day | politics

Arizona-based Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to the virus, was a major advocate for a COVID-19 Memorial Day nationally and nationally. The non-profit group “Marked by COVID”, which Uriquiza co-founded, has helped coordinate efforts across Coconino County to commemorate March 1st, according to the organization’s website.

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The written proclamation references many of the devastating effects of the virus, highlighting the “courageous measures” taken by local and state governments, health departments and public officials, as well as public health efforts aimed at stopping the spread to prevent the virus.

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, the proclamation honors key employees who “have performed vital services to protect and save lives and their own health and safety in our communities sacrifice”.

“Every life lost to COVID-19 has been important and leaves a hole in the hearts of loved ones, family members and the surrounding community,” the proclamation read.

Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, along with Joe Biden, ordered flags to be hoisted at half mast for five days after the country recorded 500,000 deaths on Feb.22. All Arizonans, including individuals and residents, were encouraged to take part in the gesture.

“We mourn every life lost – loved ones, family, friends, neighbors. Every life is precious and we will continue to work hard to protect more Arizonans and overcome the devastating effects of the pandemic, “Ducey said in a statement.

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