Contra Costa cities to synchronize lighting for COVID-19 victims

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Richmond Civic Center Plaza

By Kathy Chouteau

Tonight at 8 p.m.—on the one-year anniversary of the first Contra Costa resident’s death from COVID-19—the County will light up the night during a “Hope and Healing Virtual Event” to honor the memories of those who have passed from the virus, to promote community healing and to help everyone progress toward the pandemic’s end.

As of this writing, 734 people in Contra Costa County have died due to the virus.

According to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), the virtual event runs from 8 to 8:30 p.m. with a live musical performance at approximately 8:25 p.m. As part of the ceremony at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, there will be remarks from healthcare workers and community leaders, an invocation, live music and a synchronized lighting of civic centers countywide, including Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. Lightings will also occur at the aforementioned medical center, as well as the Contra Costa County Administration Building and the Save Mt. Diablo Beacon.

Community members can watch the Hope and Healing Virtual Event live on CCTV, the CCHS Facebook page or via this shareable YouTube link: According to CCHS, the event will be recorded and rebroadcast on CCTV and will also be available at the CCHS YouTube channel.

Stay updated on the latest County COVID-19 news at CCHS.