LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on exploring options to honor Angelenos that have passed away from COVID-19 with a memorial.

“Although the County continues to confront the pandemic, it is important to remember and memorialize the over 33,000 residents we have lost thus far, and those we continue to lose each day. Utilizing the power of the arts, we are putting forward a process rooted in the community and for the community. Whether it’s a park, a garden, or a sculpture, we want to hear directly from those that have lost loved ones to this virus to see how and where they would like the County to remember those that we have lost. I offer my sincerest wishes for peace to all those still mourning and hope that this action provides an opportunity for healing,” said Supervisor Solis.

As of September 27, 2022, a total of 33,576 deaths have been reported in Los Angeles County.

The motion passed today directs the County’s Department of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and community, to identify opportunities to honor those lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles County, and report back to the Board of Supervisors in six months with options, including costs, and projected timeframes.