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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Cincinnati Council Declares March 1 'COVID-19 Memorial Day'

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Courtesy of Jason Whitman
A UC Health pop-up coronavirus testing site in March 2020.

Cincinnati officials have designated Monday, March 1, as "COVID-19 Memorial Day." Council passed a resolution Wednesday to honor local residents impacted by the pandemic, including at least 220 deaths in the city.

Council Member David Mann says several city departments will recognize the day with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the College Hill Recreation Center.

"We want to honor the lives of those that were lost," Mann said. "We want to express our empathy for the families that have lost loved ones. We want to say thank you to those in our community, public workers or otherwise, who have done so much to ease the pain of the last year."

This week the United States surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. At least 17,000 Ohioans have died.

Read the full resolution below:

City Council: COVID-19 Memo... by WVXU News

Becca Costello grew up in Williamsburg and Batavia (in Clermont County) listening to WVXU. Before joining the WVXU newsroom, she worked in public radio & TV journalism in Bloomington, Indiana and Lincoln, Nebraska. Becca has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including from local chapters of the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to regional and national Murrow Award winners. Becca has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Becca's dog Cincy (named for the city they once again call home) is even more anxious than she is.