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.
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.