NYC to hold COVID-19 Day of Remembrance to honor loved ones lost during pandemic
New York City will hold a COVID-19 Day of Remembrance on Sunday to commemorate the one-year anniversary since the first New Yorker died from the virus.
The city says the virtual event will serve as a time to remember all the people lost during the pandemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says it will also be a time to think about everything that the city has gone through, and the resiliency and love that New Yorkers have shown.
More than 532,000 Americans have died from the virus, including more than 30,000 people in New York City.
It was one year ago when de Blasio broke the news of an elderly patient who lost her life due to COVID-19 in the hospital. The patient spent her final moments at Wyckoff Hospital in Brooklyn.
At this time last year, masks were not yet enforced, and businesses were just beginning to close nationwide.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on this date a year ago that there were 612 total COVID-19 positive cases statewide. Later that same day, Cuomo announced a second coronavirus-related death of a 65-year-old man in Rockland County.
The number of positive cases has now surpassed over 774,000 throughout the city.
There will be several events across the city where elected officials and New Yorkers plan to pay tribute to anyone who lost their lives due to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Day of Remembrance will be online at 7:45 p.m.
Participants may submit photos of a loved one's name and picture on the same website.