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Flags lowered to honor lives lost to COVID-19

May 12, 2022, 12:05 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022, 12:40 pm

Flags are ordered to be lowered...

An American flag flies at half-staff over the White House. Photo credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

SALT LAKE CITY — On Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox’s office ordered the lowering of all flags in recognition of the lives lost to COVID-19. The order includes the flag of the United States of America as well the Utah state flag at all state facilities. 

The White House also ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff through sunset on May 16.

The announcement came as the U.S. marked 1  million deaths related to the coronavirus. President Joe Biden addressed the nation today and spoke about the toll of the virus. 

“Millions of children have been orphaned, with thousands still dying every day,” Biden said in the pre-recorded address. “Now is the time for us to act. All of us together. We all must do more, must honor those we have lost by doing everything we can to prevent as many deaths as possible.”

The White House also released a statement to mark the million lives lost through the pandemic. 

On Thursday morning, Gov. Cox’s office confirmed that the governor had tested positive.

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Flags lowered to honor lives lost to COVID-19