WHEREAS: The State of Minnesota is weathering the "long winter" known as COVID-19; and
WHEREAS: First responders, state employees, and essential workers are on the frontlines working tirelessly and fearlessly to protect our communities and neighbors; and
WHEREAS: On March 21, 2020, we lost our first Minnesotan to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS: As of May 15, 2020, 683 of our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, have passed due to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS: Deaths due to COVID-19 are disproportionally affecting Indigenous communities, people of color, the homeless, the elderly, individuals with pre-existing conditions and disabilities; and
WHEREAS: Minnesotans come together as one community in these challenging moments to mourn and support each other.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TIM WALZ, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby order all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember, mourn, and honor the lives lost due to COVID-19.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 15th day of May
17 APRIL 2020 Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced a flag lowering procedure to honor Vermonters who have died due to COVID-19, making the following statement:
"This Sunday, April 19 marks one month since Vermont's first fatality as a result of COVID-19. In honor of all the Vermonters we have lost to this terrible disease, I am ordering the U.S. and Vermont State flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month for the remainder of 2020.
"As we continue to confront this public health crisis, it is important for each of us to remember those who are no longer with us and the friends and family who cared for them. We will get through this by staying united as Vermonters."
As of April 17, the Health Department has reported 35 deaths of Vermonters known to have COVID-19.