Flags are flying half-staff Wednesday in Florida, in remembrance of lives lost from COVID-19.
Thus far, 31,135 Florida residents, and 561 non-residents, have died in the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health.
In honor of their memories, Gov. Ron DeSantis directed that “the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.”
“For the past year, millions of Americans have experienced great loss as loved ones succumbed to the virus and have encountered great challenges resulting from lockdowns, including harmful impacts to our economy, society, and mental health,” the memorandum states.
Hope is on the horizon, the governor says in the memorandum. “Throughout the pandemic, Florida has prioritized and protected those most vulnerable to the virus, including seniors, long-term care residents and individuals with underlying health conditions… Beginning March 3rd, K-12 school employees, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters 50 years of age and older may also receive the vaccine.”
The full memorandum is here.