Statewide moment of silence to remember lives lost to virus

September 6, 2021 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospital officials are planning a statewide moment of silence to remember those who have died with COVID-19.

The Alabama Hospital Association is helping to organize the Tuesday vigil to remember the more than 12,000 Alabamians who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic and support those who are battling the virus, reported.

The event is set for noon on Sept. 7.

Organizers are encouraging all Alabamians to participate wherever they are that day.

Hospital staff and physicians from across the state are being asked to take part.

“The Delta variant is causing unprecedented devastation and grief in Alabama,” Alabama Hospital Association President Donald Williamson 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 health care workers are under incredible physical and emotional strain, yet still are giving all they have to care for their patients,” he added.