New York City Mayor Eric Adams called on New Yorkers on Monday to always remember the 40,000 people who died since the deadly COVID virus reached NY.
Adams made the statement as the Big Apple marked the second anniversary of the state’s first confirmed death from COVID-19 on Monday.
“This pandemic has caused incalculable suffering and pain for our families, friends, and neighbors,” Adams said
Sources identify the state’s first fatality of the pandemic was an unidentified 82-year-old woman who suffered from severe emphysema.
According to reports, she was one of the first people hospitalized in NYC with an unknown respiratory illness and died about a week later at Wykoff Hospital in Brooklyn.
“As we work to recover and rebuild New York City, we must remember those that we have lost and carry on their stories,” Adams added.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said New York has shown its mettle by embracing tools to keep a lid on the spread of COVID, especially vaccines.
The data from the Centers for Disease Control showed that 75% of all New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated.
“It’s meaningful to see how effective our fight against the virus has been,” Hochul said.