One Year LaterRelease Date: 2021-03-23
One year ago today we lost our first resident to COVID-19. A year later, we are now reporting 901 total deaths since the start of this pandemic. There is no doubt that we are turning the corner and beginning to recover as a community, but we must first remember the real impact this virus has had on our families, friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Earlier today we held a virtual press conference updating the community on where we stand in our battle against COVID-19. We also held a moment of silence to remember and reflect on the people we've lost. I personally know that behind each metric and statistic is a life, a story and someone who made an impact on this world.
Tonight, In honor of this remembrance, landmarks throughout the city will be lit white, including our Civic Center in Downtown Long Beach, the Long Beach Airport Terminal, the Rainbow Harbor lighthouse and bridge, the gate sign off of the 710 freeway and our beautiful bridge replacing the old Gerald Desmond bridge.
I encourage folks to take a moment tonight to check out these lights, remember the people we've lost and reflect on how we can build back in their honor.
Thank you and stay safe,
Mayor Robert Garcia