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File #: RS2021-779    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/8/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 2/16/2021 Final action: 2/16/2021
Title: A resolution declaring March 1 as COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day.
Sponsors: Erin Evans, Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Ginny Welsch, Joy Styles, Freddie OConnell, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzte Toombs
A resolution declaring March 1 as COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day.

WHEREAS, the first Monday in March has been designated as COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is an illness caused by a virus that can transmit from person to person and has spread across the world, creating a global pandemic that is having catastrophic effects on human life, our community, and our economy; and

WHEREAS, local and state governments, health departments, and public servants have taken bold actions to protect residents, support struggling local economies, and find innovative ways to provide services; and

WHEREAS, in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, essential workers have stepped up to provide critical services to help protect our communities and save lives, sacrificing their own health and safety; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and communities of color, exacerbating inequities already prevalent in our systems that we must address as a nation; and

WHEREAS, public health guidance and policies targeted at prevention, such as social distancing, wearing masks in public, and staying home help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, prevent illness, and lessen the burden on individuals and society; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms and severity of COVID-19 can vary dramatically by individual and the long-term health implications for survivors is largely unknown, as many survivors suffer with lingering side-effects of the disease long after they no longer test positive; and

WHEREAS, more than 2,300,000 people worldwide and 463,000 in the United States have lost their lives due to COVID-19, and, in Nashville alone, more than 600 lives have been lost to this deadly virus; and

WHEREAS, each life lost to COVID-19 mattered and leaves a hole in the hearts of loved ones, family members, and surrounding community.


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