People in Raleigh are encouraged to reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, March 3. Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin issued a proclamation today recognizing the one-year anniversary of the first case diagnosed in North Carolina.
“This is an appropriate time to reflect on the lives lost, and the severe impact the pandemic has had on each and every person in Raleigh and on our small business community,” Mayor Baldwin said. “We truly appreciate the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of people who have served and continue to serve our community during the pandemic.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina has experienced nearly 845,000 COVID cases and 11,000 deaths. Wake County has experienced more than 73,000 COVID cases and more than 500 deaths.
The Mayor offered her heartfelt thanks to healthcare professionals and said she will be sending out five original copies of the proclamation, a break from the tradition of issuing only one copy of any proclamation.
“It is very important to me that our hospital systems and healthcare workers at WakeMed, Rex, and Duke – as well as Wake County Public Health and EMS and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – know how much their individual work and collaboration during the pandemic is appreciated. This is a small gesture in comparison, but our way of saying thank you.”
The Mayor noted that the proclamations will not be handed out in person because COVID precautions remain a priority in Raleigh. “While some restrictions have been lifted recently, it is still best to be cautious. We will be mailing the proclamations to our hospitals and public health agencies. I hope to be able to see each of our healthcare leaders in person to personally thank them for their efforts – when it is safe to gather.”