MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff Monday to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

As of Friday, Minnesota hit its highest single-day record of COVID-19 cases. It’s the first time the state has a daily total above 2,000 cases since the pandemic began.

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“As of today, we’ve lost 2,212 Minnesotans to COVID-19. There’s a family and a heartbreaking story behind each Minnesotan we’ve lost,” Walz said. “Minnesotans come together as one community in these challenging moments to mourn and support each other.”

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Walz has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember and honor COVID victims.

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Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags to honor Minnesotans who have lost their lives to the virus, and their families.