Statement from Mayor Provenzano on the National Day of Observance

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Mayor Christian Provenzano offers the following statement on the National Day of Observance:

“Today is the National Day of Observance and it marks one year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

In the district of Algoma, we have lost four lives as a result of COVID-19, and I want to offer my deepest condolences to all of the family members and loved ones affected by these tragic deaths. In recognition, flags at ­­the Civic Centre are flown at half-mast today.

The past year has been challenging for everyone in our community. We have all been affected by COVID-19, and I want to recognize the tremendous commitment to public health and significant sacrifices made by people across Sault Ste. Marie. It has been a tough year for all of us and I am grateful for the efforts of our community members, in particular medical and public health professionals and all of the front-line essential workers.

With vaccine distribution underway, we can begin to look at the coming weeks and months with increased confidence. However, I do want to remind people of the importance of continuing to follow the recommendations of public health professionals. COVID-19 still poses a significant and considerable risk to the health and safety of residents, and we all have a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.

I have abiding faith in our community and our collective capacity to deal with the challenges posed by COVID-19. Together, we will defeat COVID-19, and I look to the future with optimism.”