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Northam declares Sunday, March 14 day of prayer, remembrance to honor those who died from COVID-19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions going into place across the...
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions going into place across the commonwealth in response to rising case numbers.(Governor Northam's Office)
Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 7:05 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) - Governor Ralph Northam declared Sunday, March 14, 2021, a day of prayer and remembrance to honor the Virginians who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in the commonwealth was confirmed in Virginia on March 7, 2020, and the first death was recorded on March 14, 2020.

As of March 12, 2021, 9,961 people in Virginia have died from COVID-19.

Governor Northam has ordered the flags of Virginia to be lowered on all state and local buildings and grounds from sunrise on Sunday, March 14, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

In addition, the Executive Mansion in Richmond will be illuminated with an amber light from Sunday, March 14, until Sunday, March 21, to pay tribute to the Virginians who lost their lives to COVID-19, according to a press release from Governor Northam’s office.

The press release also says in an effort to memorialize the Virginians who have died as a result of the coronavirus, the Northam Administration is creating a portal where people can share the names and stories of their loved ones. More information will be provided on the portal in the coming weeks.

You can read Governor Northam’s proclamation by clicking here.

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