COVID Remembrance Day Observed In Southern Illinois

May 4, 2021

Local leaders held a moment of silence today for victims of COVID-19.

The Southern 7 Health Department declared May 4th to be COVID Remembrance Day. On May 4th 2020, the first COVID death in Union County was reported. Bishop Derek Eurales of the First Opportunity Free Will Baptist Church in Carrier Mills opened with a prayer.

“On this day last year, May the 4th, the first one in this region lost their lives and since then there’s been countless other people, and some that have been affected have been a part of your circle and maybe even a part of your family. On behalf of Southern 7, and behalf of everyone in the ministry, I greet you with love, compassion, caring and understanding. We’re all in this together,” Eurales said.

Health department leaders recognized the friends and families of those lost to COVID, as well as the hard work put in by medical and public health workers during the pandemic.