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More than 600,000 flags placed at National Mall to honor lives lost to COVID-19

A temporary art installation in the nation’s capitol is attempting to show the country’s loss...
A temporary art installation in the nation’s capitol is attempting to show the country’s loss with the pandemic.(CNN)
Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 9:18 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2021 at 6:58 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WAVE/NBC) - A temporary art installation in the nation’s capitol is attempting to show the country’s loss with the pandemic.

Row after row of white flags at the Washington Monument, each one represents a life lost to COVID-19.

More than 600,000 white flags have been placed in the lawn at the Washington Monument. It is a temporary art exhibit created by Suzanne Brennan Firstenburg, the same person who created an installation at RFK Stadium in October of 2020.

The installation began with around 200,000 flags. Since then, we have lost nearly 400,000 more lives to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it wants to be financially prepared for the next big outbreak.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, US Centers for Disease Control, said the CDC is announcing a $2.1 billion American Rescue Plan to strengthen infection prevention and control activities across the US public health and health care sector.

“Over the next three years, CDC will issue awards totaling $1.25 billion to 64 state, local and territorial health departments to accelerate infection control efforts and invest long term in preparedness for the future,” Walensky said.

According to Walensky, millions of dollars will go to beef up support for long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The facilities can use the money to strengthen their fight against infectious diseases like COVID-19.

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