One year has passed since Burlington entered first COVID-19 state of emergency

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Published March 22, 2021 at 12:27 pm

One year has passed since Burlington entered first COVID-19 state of emergency

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on Mar. 11, 2020, and on Mar. 21, 2020, the City of Burlington entered its first State of Emergency as a result.

The week of March 11, 2020, was also the week that Halton recorded their first few confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Across Canada, citizens and cities have commemorated this grim milestone in various ways.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, delivered a statement in the House of Commons and designated March 11 as a national day of observance to commemorate those who have died.

The government has asked Canadians to think about those whose lives were claimed by the novel coronavirus, as well as the health-care and other essential workers who have been on the front lines.

On Mar. 21, the City of Burlington posted the following statement on Twitter.

“As we look ahead to brighter months, the City wants to thank our residents for rising to the challenge and showing great resiliency and adaptability along the way.”

“The health and well-being of our community and staff is our top priority. The City continues to coordinate efforts to protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining essential City services for you,” the city added.
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward also posted the following statement.
“Today marks one year from when #BurlON declared a State of Emergency due to the #COVID19 pandemic. Since then, we’ve lost 49 Burlingtonians. In their memory, we’ve lowered the flags at City Hall,” read the tweet.

Since the pandemic began, 2.5 million people around the world have died due to COVID-19, with more than 22,000 of them in Canada.
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