Yesterday, the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 500,000 — a milestone that underscores the grave threat the virus still poses nationwide even as more Americans get vaccinated.

Tomorrow, the Mayor and Council will make a proclamation to recognize the first Monday in March is “COVID-19 Memorial Day,” in remembrance of those who have lost their lives and in honor of those who are forever marked By COVID and continue to suffer from the impact of this virus.

Also, in case you haven’t had a chance to register with COVID vaccination, please do so at your earliest. You can find a list of sites close to College Park on the State’s website .

I’ve also put together a list of vaccine provider sites here on my blog. If you or a neighbor needs help with signing up, please reach out to me, and I will help you as best we can. College Park is also providing free rides to seniors who need them to access their vaccine appointments. Please call the Senior Services program at 301-345-8100.