Photo by North Congregational Church Deacon Fran Herman.
Photo by North Congregational Church Deacon Fran Herman.
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NEW HARTFORD — The North Congregational Church, located at 17 Church Street, has created a memorial to those in America who have died from Covid-19.
As of Wednesday, April 21, 568,000 people have died during the pandemic, including 8,027 in Connecticut, 291 in Litchfield County, and three in New Hartford.
The memorial is located outside of the church’s Fellowship Hall and was started in November 2020.
According to Church Deacon Fran Herman, church members add green flags to the memorial every week, with each flag representing 1,000 Americans who have died due to Covid.
Herman said that at last count there were 566 flags outside the church.
“Church members felt that we needed a way to make the number of deaths more tangible so that we could increase our compassion for the losses,” Herman said. “It’s so easy to let the deaths become just numbers. We wanted to make a visual statement of the losses. We also wanted to do this to encourage ourselves and others to be serious about taking the recommended steps to reduce the risk of Covid.”
Despite the many losses and the millions of people who became sick during the pandemic, Herman said that she is hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Connecticut has been pretty well with vaccination efforts,” she said. “I think that we have made it through the hardest parts of the pandemic, but we need to keep our hearts open. There are lots of people who are still struggling with personal losses, along with financial loss. But I do think right now is a hopeful time. I think we have a chance to put this pandemic behind us. But we still keep working at it and keep our hearts and eyes open to the people in need.”
According to state statistics, as of Monday, April 19, 1,051,533, 43.61 percent of the state’s population, have been fully vaccinated.

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