Mayor's Office Press Release
The City of Houston Observes a Day of Mourning to Remember Those Who Died of COVID-19
Mayor Schedules Conference Call with Community and Faith Leaders to Discuss Ongoing Efforts to Save Lives
June 1, 2020 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner joined mayors and faith leaders from across the country to recognize Monday, June 1, 2020, as the National Day of Mourning and Lament to honor those who have died of COVID-19.
More than 100,000 people nationwide and 131 people in Houston have lost their lives as a result of the virus during the global pandemic.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group representing 1,400 mayors, organized Monday's somber remembrance. Throughout the nation, cities participated with a moment of silence, by ringing bells coordinated with houses of worship or other events and memorials.
Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a resolution and scheduled a virtual conference call with Houston faith leaders to discuss the impact of the pandemic, along with the protests taking place in memory of George Floyd.
"Coronavirus has not disappeared just because people are returning to work as businesses reopen. That is why the City of Houston is focused on robust testing and contract tracing," Mayor Turner said. "By participating locally in the Day of Mourning for COVID-19 victims, we keep their memories alive and remind people to wear face coverings, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene. Our goal is to save lives by preventing the virus from spreading."
On Monday, the Houston Health Department reported 337 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Houston's total to 7,743. This was a two day cumulative total). The total number of deaths increased 131 people.
For information about COVID-19 or to find a mobile testing site, please go to www.HoustonEmergency.org.