Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills issued a video statement today marking one year since Maine recorded its first case of COVID-19.
“One year ago today, Maine recorded its first case of COVID-19,” said Governor Mills. “Today, let us pay tribute to those we have lost and let us rededicate ourselves to protecting our health, to protecting the health of our loved ones and our neighbors, and the health of fellow citizens. We will prevail and we will emerge a stronger people and a stronger state.”
A complete transcript of the Governor’s video statement as prepared for delivery is as follows:
On March 12, 2020 — a year ago — the State of Maine recorded our first case of COVID-19. You know, we have suffered great hardship and loss in the last twelve months as a state and a nation, but the greatest grief is borne by the families whose loved ones are no longer with us because of the deadly coronavirus.
Today, we pause to remember the more than 527,000 Americans, including more than 720 Mainers, we have lost over the last year. Each was a life lived with meaning and purpose, a life that we honor today.