Why are flags flying at half-staff this week?

You may have noticed flags flying at half-staff today and paused to wonder why.

Normally, flags fly at half-staff because a notable individual has died, but that isn’t the case this week. This week flags are flying at half-staff to honor hundreds of thousands of people whose names are not widely known.

The United States passed a grim milestone this week in coronavirus deaths. Since the pandemic began last year, 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Flags will fly at half-staff until Feb. 26 to honor the 500,000 people in the United States who have died due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of those 500,000 deaths, 14,689 were from Georgia with an additional 2,146 deaths in Georgia that were likely caused by COVID-19, but not confirmed. As of Monday, Georgia is averaging about 96 coronavirus deaths per day.

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