San Jose Mayor Pauses to Remember First U.S. COVID Death
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February 6, 2021

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Rachel Davis, Press Secretary, Office of Mayor Liccardo, 408.712.9149,

SAN JOSÉ, CA -- Today marks the one year anniversary of the first American to die from COVID-19. Mayor Liccardo released the following statement to mark the passing of San Josean Patricia Dowd and the unprecedented year we have all experienced:

"One year ago today, on February 6, 2020, our neighbor, San José resident Patricia Dowd, became the first casualty of COVID-19 on American soil.  Since her passing, we have lost more than 1,500 friends, neighbors, and loved ones in Santa Clara County, and 460,000 Americans. As we continue to mourn our neighbors, friends, and loved ones taken from us too soon, we come together through our common suffering to summon uncommon strength."

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