“We just have to go a little further and I urge everyone to keep fighting to end this pandemic once and for all.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Editor’s Note: The video above is from a story dated March 13, 2020 about Mayor Lenny Curry’s response to Jacksonville’s first COVID-19 case. Mayor Curry’s video is embedded below.
After a year, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have touched every part of American life.
Families could not touch or even see each other while masks covered familiar faces. People who have never been unemployed in their lives struggled to support their families while isolation left many others stressed.
Almost 30 million people have contracted the virus, and more than 500,000 people have died in the United States alone. In Duval County, more than 90,000 people contracted the virus, with more than 1,200 deaths.
As the stats keep changing, this week was a sobering reminder that behind the numbers are dozens of people whose lives have been forever changed.
On Saturday, a year after Mayor Lenny Curry issued his first emergency proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Duval County, Curry posted a video promising the past year.
“You can tell a lot about people by responding to difficulties. These are crucial moments for people and communities,” said Mayor Curry. “And as the people of Jacksonville have shown time and again since we were founded in 1822, we are [a] strong, compassionate, courageous and resilient people. “
Mayor Curry spent some time in the video describing the city’s immediate response to the virus and the city’s economic recovery after the initial shutdown.
Curry said there was still much to be done but admitted that the Jacksonville people are leading the indictment on the road to recovery.
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Curry. “We just have to go a little further and I urge everyone to keep fighting to end this pandemic once and for all.”
Curry also thanked everyone on the front lines, including healthcare workers, first responders and city workers, for their work during the pandemic.
You can see the full video below.