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All U.S. Flags to be Lowered to honor the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

Over 500,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. At least 100,000 individuals have died from COVID-19 in the last five weeks.

President Joe Biden has ordered all U.S. flags to half-staff* to honor the half a million Americans lost to COVID-19. Flags should remain at half-staff from February 22-26, 2021.

Read the President’s proclamation: A Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19.

The President and First Lady and Vice President and Second Gentleman will be holding a moment of silence at sunset (eastern):

According to the Washington State Department of Health**, the state has 316,186 confirmed cases (17,608 probable cases, 333,794 total cases), with 4,822 COVID-19 deaths. King County has 81,012 confirmed cases (1,823 probable cases, 82,835 total cases), with 1,357 COVID-19 deaths. Pierce County has 35,945 confirmed cases (1,298 probable cases and 37,243 total cases) with 527 COVID-19 deaths.

The city of Auburn** currently has 5,263 confirmed cases, with 85 deaths due to COVID-19 illness.

*As a reminder, when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff or half-mast, it should first be raised to the top for an instant, then immediately lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. Prior to lowering the flag, it should be raised once more to the peak, then lowered.

**As of this publication. City of Auburn data limited to King County.


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To write this article the Auburn Examiner utilized the Presidential proclamation, an NPR article (linked in article), the WA State Health Department, and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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