Chandler mayor declares March 1 COVID-19 Memorial Day

March 1 marks COVID-19 Memorial Day in Chandler after the city issued a proclamation last week. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
March 1 marks COVID-19 Memorial Day in Chandler after the city issued a proclamation last week. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

March 1 marks COVID-19 Memorial Day in Chandler after the city issued a proclamation last week. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

It has been a little more than one year since the first COVID-19 case was announced in Arizona. The case—announced Jan. 26—marked the beginning of what would turn into a yearlong effort to curb the virus that has taken nearly 16,000 Arizona lives.

In March, residents in nearly every city began to feel the effects of the pandemic. On March 12, Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency, with fewer than 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

On March 19, Ducey announced the state would limit restaurant service and close bars, theaters and gyms in counties with confirmed cases. March 20 marked the first death in the state from COVID-19. On March 30, Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

To honor those who have lost their lives in the last year—and to honor those who have survived the virus—Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and the Chandler City Council issued a proclamation Feb. 25 declaring March 1 COVID-19 Memorial Day.

Council Member Christine Ellis initially proposed the idea of a proclamation to the mayor, according to the city.


"Residents have grappled with the challenges of distance learning and working from home while others have experienced a job loss or lost income," reads the proclamation.View the entire proclamation below.