While several communities have held memorial ceremonies honoring those who have died because COVID-19, Escambia County Administrator Janice Gilley wants to hold a “Burn the Mask” ceremony.
She suggested the event at yesterday’s weekly COVID-19 call with local health officials, hospital executives and city and county officials. The meeting is closed to the media and public.
As of April 30, the Florida Department of Health reported Escambia County has suffered 679 deaths related to COVID-19. Since Jan. 1, FDOH has recorded 306 deaths – an 82% increase.
The New York Times has labeled Escambia County has a very high risk for exposure to the virus. Only 26% of the adult population is completely vaccinated.
Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, and the county will recognize the losses before holding a keg party.