Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik as Niagara marks two-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic
Today the City of St. Catharines marks the National Day of Observance for the second year, commemorating the people who have lost their lives, and the significant impacts our community has felt, because of COVID-19.
As we mark this anniversary, flags at City facilities will be lowered through the weekend in honour of those who lost their lives or have been seriously affected by COVID-19. To date, tragically the virus has claimed the lives of more than 500 residents in Niagara. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, with those who have suffered due to the impacts of the pandemic and with those who continue to face hardship and difficulties brought on by the pandemic.
While COVID-19 indicators are trending in the right direction, each of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves – and those around us – by getting vaccinated if able and taking the necessary steps if you are not feeling well as a means to control the spread of the virus. We need to learn to live with the understanding that this virus is going to continue to be part of our lives – but we can manage it moving forward.
In marking this sombre observation this weekend, we should also take this opportunity to reflect on the impact this pandemic has had on frontline healthcare workers. Through each successive wave of COVID-19 they have stepped up to ensure our residents had access to critical care that made a difference in the lives of so many people. Those working in healthcare are heroes – and we owe debt of gratitude for their efforts.
Over the last two years, our community has faced significant challenges. Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic. I am proud of all that we have done to manage through these unprecedented times, and I am confident that better days are ahead of us.