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Anniversary Of 1st COVID Death To Become NYC ‘Day Of Remembrance’


NEW YORK, NY — The anniversary of the first coronavirus death in #New #York #City will become an annual “#Day of #Remembrance” for #New #Yorkers lost to the virus, #Mayor #Bill de #Blasio announced #Thursday.

“#On #March 14 each year we will remember the painful lessons we learned,” the mayor said.

The announcement came as an exuberant de #Blasio celebrated the end of 2020 with a hopeful #New #Year’s #Resolution to vaccinate 1 million #New #Yorkers against the coronavirus by #January.

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#But the hopeful #New #Year won’t be without the painful memory of 2020, when nearly 25,100 #New #Yorkers died from the coronavirus, he said.

“#All the families who lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you,” de #Blasio said. #You’re in our thoughts and prayers all the time we know this has been incredibly difficult.”

The first death in both #New #York #City and the state was an 82-year-old woman with emphysema, who died at #Wyckoff #Heights #Medical #Center in #Brooklyn, 10 days after she was first hospitalized.

#Back then, there were only 183 cases of the virus in #New #York #City, a number that would rise to more than 426,000 by the end of the year.

#On #Thursday, the city’s seven-day infection rate stood at 8.87 percent and there were 199 new hospitalizations with coronavirus.

#De #Blasio said the “#Day of #Remembrance” will pay particular attention to how #New #York #City can address inequality that was laid bare by the coronavirus crisis

“#We lost people of every background, of every income level, every neighborhood — this was tragically was a disease that affected everyone, but it did not affect everyone equally,” de #Blasio said. “…#It’s a day to look back, but it will always also be a day to look forward to say, ‘#How do we do better?'”

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