As people around the country remembered the lives lost to COVID-19, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller asked residents to pause for a moment of silence at noon on Sunday, in memory of the 275 Tangipahoa Parish residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 since this time last year.
Miller said they grieved the lives lost as a parish community. He said their hearts ache for their loved ones, and they offer prayers and sympathies to those they left behind.
On Friday St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper issued a statement regarding the anniversary saying one year ago, St. Tammany, like much of the rest of the world, faced with the reality of COVID-19 and came together as a community and faced the uncertainty of the virus. He thanked all for sacrifices made in order to protect the most vulnerable, as well as frontline healthcare professionals.
Gov. John Bel Edwards declared Sunday as a day of prayer and remembrance for those who have died in Louisiana from COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic. Louisiana confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 9, 2020, and its first death on March 14, 2020. As of March 10, 2021, 9,812 people have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana.