ALABAMA, USA — The Alabama Hospital Association (AHA) is calling for a statewide moment of silence on Tuesday, September 7, to honor the victims that have passed away from COVID-19.
All Alabamians are asked to participate from wherever they are to remember those that have died or fighting against the virus, and the medical personnel working to keep everyone safe.
“The Delta variant is causing unprecedented devastation and grief in Alabama,” President of the Alabama Hospital Association, Donald E. Williamson, MD, said. “We had hoped that we’d be in a better place this fall, but our hospitals are full, and families across the state continue to deal with tremendous loss. Our dedicated healthcare workers are under incredible physical and emotional strain, yet still are giving all they have to care for their patients. Likely, all of us know someone who has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and we would like to take a moment to pause and remember these individuals.”
AHA is encouraging people to not gather in groups to participate in the moment of silence. It is advised that people still practice social distancing and wear their masks during this time.
"So, the moment of silence is several things," said Alabama Hospital Association Deputy DirectorDanne Howard. "We really want to just take a moment to pause to remember the more than twelve thousand Alabamians who lost their lives because of COVID-19."