SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. (KFVS) - The Southern Seven Health Department hosted a region-wide Remembrance Day on May 4.
The ceremony was held at the Shawnee Community College atrium at 2 p.m. to mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 death reported by Southern Seven.
The individual was from Union County.
At that time, 64 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the region to S7HD.
“Every life is important! This special event will honor those that we love and have fallen due to COVID-19,” said Rhonda Andrews-Ray, executive director for S7HD.
The ceremonies included a moment of silence for those lost due to the pandemic, and each county signed a proclamation to declare May 4 as COVID-19 Remembrance Day.
Morrissa Clanahan was there with her family as they remembered and honored her sister who passed away in January due to COVID-19.
“It means a lot to remember them all because it’s been a very difficult time for all of us to have to lose someone to something like this,” she said.
After the ceremony, each person was welcomed to grab a blue remembrance ribbon and sign the official proclamation.
Plans were to hold the event in multiple areas in the S7HD region, but due to rain, the event was moved to atrium at Shawnee Community College.
It did have a COVID-19 capacity of 75, so attendance was limited.