COVID memorial: Biden, Harris honor 400,000 Americans who died


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — KRONon will livestream a memorial for Americans who died due to COVID-19.

The nationwide memorial is hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. According to President-elect Joe Biden’s schedule, the ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C.

There will be a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in honor of the lost lives.

“We are inviting cities and towns across the country to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET,” the inaugural committee said.

Closer to home, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the following buildings will be lit at 5:30 p.m. PST in solidarity:

  • San Francisco City Hall
  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Hall
  • San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
  • Coit Tower
  • Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate park
  • Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill
  • Chase Center
  • ORACLE Park
  • Salesforce Tower
  • SFO’s International Terminal
  • The Embarcadero Center
  • 690 Folsom

Additionally, San Francisco’s faith community will participate in the memorial by ringing bells at 2:30 p.m. PT.

According to a Johns Hopkins University county, close to 400,000 Americans died from the coronavirus as of Jan. 18, 2021. The first COVID deaths were recorded in March 2020.

Los Angeles County surpasses all U.S. counties for the highest number of deaths, now at 13,937.

Statewide, 33,593 people have died in California, according to the health department.

The 14-day rolling average of new COVID-19 related deaths is at 497 statewide.

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