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Chair Bradley’s statement on the second National Day of Observance for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, we acknowledge the second National Day of Observance for the COVID-19 pandemic while we reflect on the residents who have lost their lives, and the profound impacts our region has felt due to the virus.
To date, 519 Niagara residents have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic. These people had friends, family and other loved ones who will miss them dearly. Our thoughts and with those who have suffered the most significant losses in the last two years, as well as those who continue to face lasting impacts from COVID-19.
On this second anniversary of the pandemic, we also wish to thank the front line health care workers who continue to make sacrifices in our hospitals and long-term care homes to keep our most vulnerable safe. We also acknowledge the importance of the essential worker, who for the last two years put their own health as risk to ensure our economy could continue to operate. It is my hope that we have learned to never take these individuals for granted as we move forward.
As we are currently seeing rules and mandates eased related the pandemic, we would be wise to remember that COVID-19 is not yet over. Consider continuing to wear a mask to keep yourself and others safe, choose outdoor activities when they are an options (as opposed to indoors) and practice physical distancing whenever possible. Finally, consider getting your vaccine or booster to help protect yourself and slow the spread of the virus.
While the last two years have been exceptionally challenging for all of us, I believe that we have seen the very best of our community as well. The people of Niagara rose the occasion and made countless sacrifices to help each another. I am proud of our community and I know that better days just around the corner.

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Daryl Barnhat
Niagara Region

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