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Statewide moment of silence planned to honor 12,000 lost to COVID

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The Alabama Hospital Association are planning a statewide vigil Tuesday to remember the more than 12,000 Alabamians who have died from COVID-19.

The event will take place at 12 p.m. Sept. 7 to remember those who have died and honor those who are currently afflicted with the virus. Organizers are encouraging all Alabamians to participate wherever they are that day. Hospital staff and physicians from across the state are being asked to take part.

To date, 12,283 individuals have died from COVID-19, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Alabama Hospital Association President Donald Williamson said likely everyone knows someone who has been “negatively impacted by COVID-19.” The vigil can be seen as “helpful and healing for us all to have a few collective minutes of silent reflection and prayer.”

“The delta variant is causing unprecedented devastation and grief in Alabama,” he said. “We had hoped that we’d be in a better place this fall; but our hospitals are full, and families across the state continue to deal with tremendous loss. Our dedicated health care workers are under incredible physical and emotional strain, yet still are giving all they have to care for their patients.”