How first responders, hospitals and governments are commemorating 1 year of COVID-19
Communities are honoring those who lost their lives and the personnel who have been on the front lines of the crisis
By Laura French
March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. First responders and healthcare workers across the country and world have been working for 365 days, and in many cases longer, to care for their patients and communities while facing their own safety concerns, emotional struggles and personal losses.
Here are some examples of how public safety, healthcare and government organizations are commemorating one year of the pandemic, and honoring both those who lost their lives and those who are continuing to save lives on the front lines of the crisis.
One year ago today, #COVID19 was characterized as a pandemic by @DrTedros.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2021
This followed the declaration in January 2020 of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alarm 🚨 under international law.https://t.co/qEE36ZrAil
For many EMS agencies and healthcare facilities, the COVID-19 crisis began before it was officially declared a pandemic. Several organizations have stopped to remember their first COVID-19 patient encounter, transport or admission, or the first case in their state.
Today marks one year since our first documented COVID-19 positive patient encounter. Thank you to our members for their continued service and dedication throughout this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/GhV8aqHhbf— Boston EMS (@BOSTON_EMS) March 10, 2021
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Oregon’s first COVID-19 case. As we reflect on a year of sacrifice & loss, we recognize & celebrate public health workers, including our own #firefighters and #paramedics.— Hillsboro Fire & Rescue (@HillsboroFire) February 28, 2021
To these unsung heroes, thank you. #ThankYouORPubHealth pic.twitter.com/D0AEvtUZcl
More than 526,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, with more than 2.6 million total lives lost worldwide from the virus. Communities hosted memorials and days of remembrance in honor of pandemic victims.
Tonight members of Boulder Fire-Rescue stood with @BoulderPolice & @CUBoulderPolice along of 33rd Street to take a moment to honor and reflect on the nearly 6,000 Coloradans we have lost to COVID-19 since the first confirmed case in Colorado #Boulder #Colorado pic.twitter.com/WRYq2dKVBq— Boulder Fire-Rescue (@boulder_fire) March 6, 2021
It has been one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Maryland. During tonight’s remembrance vigil, the State House steps were lined with amber lights in memory of the 7,748 Marylanders who lost their lives to the virus. pic.twitter.com/nb2GT2yndV— Mark Chang 🇺🇸 (@marksoochang) March 6, 2021
Today marks the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Louisiana. GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom joined Governor John Bel...Posted by Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Monday, March 8, 2021
For the past year, the work of first responders, healthcare professionals and other frontline personnel have been central to national and worldwide efforts to protect, heal and support those affected by the virus. To mark the first anniversary of the pandemic, officials showed their gratitude and paid tribute to essential personnel who have continued to serve. First responders also reflected on their challenges and achievements throughout the crisis.
Our nurses, doctors, first responders, grocery store workers, and other essential workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic since Day One.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 9, 2021
Today, I designated March 9th of each year as "COVID-19 Heroes Day" to recognize their heroic efforts.https://t.co/8I45fpPzdO pic.twitter.com/d4ZLxdrSIq
Today, we marked the anniversary of our first COVID patient by ringing bells and remembering the lives lost, while paying tribute to our frontline staff and community heroes. We will never forget the sacrifice and dedication of so many during this difficult year. pic.twitter.com/4uZ2Xbmhqm— N.O. East Hospital (@NOEHospital) March 9, 2021
As the sun went down on Tuesday, March 9, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was illuminated blue to honor our Ochsner heroes and the incredible and brave work they have shown over this past year. Thank you for everything you do! pic.twitter.com/J2UDpTgVik— Ochsner Health (@OchsnerHealth) March 10, 2021
Dr. Emily Nichols reflects on one year of transporting #COVID19 patients, managing PPE & keeping @NewOrleansEMS healthcare providers safe.— New Orleans EMS (@NewOrleansEMS) March 9, 2021
From the Frontlines series with @visit_thnoc #covidNOLA #SleevesUpNOLA https://t.co/7QIDrwcwLH
@DetroitFire first responders have been on the front lines of the pandemic for a year. Tonight on @wxyzdetroit at 7pm, hear from Detroit fire/EMS and others about the toll the pandemic has taken on our community. COVID-19: One Year Later pic.twitter.com/XZycnsiOuT— Heather Catallo WXYZ (@HeatherCatallo) March 10, 2021
do what we do best - care for our patients and our communities. While our COVID-19 response continues, we want to take a moment on this one-year anniversary to thank our providers for all they have done, and continue to do, for our community and each other.#covid_19 #Colorado— Denver Health Paramedics (@DHParamedics) March 7, 2021
Has your agency commemorated the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us know how in the comments below.