LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Today, by executive order, Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Nevada to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and State public buildings and grounds until sunset Feb. 26 in honor of the 500,000 Americans who have passed away due to COVID-19. That includes more than 4,900 Nevadans.
“Today, we will lower the flags to commemorate and honor the lives of the 500,000 Americans and the more than 4,900 Nevadans that have passed away due to COVID-19. This represents a significant and historic loss for our nation and for the state of Nevada. Their presence in our communities and in our hearts will never be forgotten,” said Gov. Sisolak. “The First Lady and I extend our love and condolences to the families of those that have lost a loved one and have been tragically impacted by this pandemic.”
On Feb. 22, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation ordering the lowering of flags to half-staff in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. More Americans have now have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.