Today our community surpassed a grim milestone – more than 500 local residents have passed away from COVID-19.

When the pandemic was first declared in March 2020, I don’t think any of us expected to still be counting cases and marking these tragic losses of life almost two years later.

While each of us have suffered some kind of loss during this public health crisis, none more so than those who have lost a family member or dear friend to COVID-19.

Public health reports numbers – now more than 500 in Windsor-Essex and over 10,000 in Ontario lost to this disease. These numbers represents parents, children, wives, husbands, fathers, brothers and sisters who lost a battle nobody ever wanted to wage. As we collectively struggle to see the light at the end of this dark pandemic tunnel, please take a moment today to reflect on all those who will not see the other side with us. Get vaccinated, get boosted and continue to follow public health restrictions to save lives and reduce pressure on our dedicated health care workers.

-Mayor Drew Dilkens