The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took time on Tuesday to remember all the people who have died from COVID-19.

A total of 170 people from Loudoun County were honored, each with a luminary bag lined up outside of the county Government Center in Leesburg in conjunction with a nationwide day of unity and remembrance encouraged by President-elect Joe Biden (D).

The first reported death from COVID-19 in Loudoun County occurred on March 26, 2020.

On Jan. 5, the board passed a resolution to honor the memory of all the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize Jan. 19 as a “Countywide Day of Unity and Remembrance.”

Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) brought the item forward and read the resolution on Tuesday.

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Rev. Jim Supp from Reston Bible Church and Pastor David Pittman of Heritage Baptist Church joined Briskman in front of the dais.

In Virginia, 5,798 people have died from COVID-19. Across the United States, 400,000 people have died. More than 2 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide.

In Loudoun County, 17,389 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

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