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Mayor Erin Mendenhall and City Council members remember COVID-19 victims

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall wears a face mask as she attends the daily COVID-19 media briefing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Monday, Mayor Erin Mendenhall and members of the City Council remembered Utah’s victims and survivors of COVID-19 outside the City and County Building.

They lit 146 lanterns to represent the number of COVID-19 victims from Salt Lake City.  The lanterns were placed on the east side of the building and will remain there until tomorrow.

“We’ve experienced heartbreak and loss in our city and today we reflect on the lives of our neighbors, family members, friends, acquaintances people who matter and are missed in our community,” Mayor Mendenhall said. “We also recognize our communities of color, which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, experiencing higher infection rates, less access to medical care and personal protective equipment.”

Over the past year, Utah has lost 1,935 residents to COVID-19.


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