Today, March 11, The City of Mississauga is recognizing the National Day of Observance to mark the one year anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a global pandemic due to the rising cases of COVID-19 across the world. Today, at Mississauga Civic Centre, the flags have been lowered to half-mast and the clock tower lights have been dimmed to mark the National Day of Observance for COVID-19. The City of Mississauga remembers the over 350 residents who passed away from COVID-19.
“Today we remember each life lost to COVID-19 – these residents were our parents, grandparents, friends, relatives and neighbours who lost their battle to this virus,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As we mark the one year anniversary of this pandemic, I want to remind residents how far we’ve come – with every mask worn, every hand washed, and every virtual gathering – someone’s life is saved because you chose to take action. While the fight against COVID-19 is not over, we want to thank each and every health care and frontline worker who continues to provide essential services to our community in times of crisis.”
This time last year, Peel Public Health confirmed the first positive case of a novel coronavirus in the region. Since then, over 62,000 Peel residents including 22,500 cases in Mississauga have tested positive.
“This year has been exceptionally difficult for Mississauga businesses. Some businesses have closed for over 190 days because of the lockdown or stay-at-home order over the last year,” added Mayor Crombie. Mississauga provides support in their recovery including a dedicated COVID-19 Business Support site that features a business relief portal, a self-selection tool that provides information on over 135 resources, relief programs and incentives that can support businesses.
“I’m exceptionally proud of Mississauga staff that, throughout the entire pandemic, continued to provide essential services safely to meet the needs and expectations of the community” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Despite all of the changes and challenges that we have faced this year, staff have continued to do tremendous work in finding new ways for our residents to continue accessing many of the services, programs and amenities they value and rely on.”
Earlier this month, Mississauga launched a campaign to honour Mississauga residents, community groups and businesses that have gone above and beyond in helping those in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can nominate any Mississauga resident before March 19. Visit mississauga.ca/covidheroes for the nomination forms or for more information on this recognition program.