NEW YORK, NY — Upper Manhattan's representative in congress is introducing a bill to establish a national coronavirus memorial in New York City to commemorate those lost to the deadly virus.
Adriano Espaillat — whose district includes Harlem, Washington Heights and parts of the Bronx — penned legislation called the "
A national memorial could help unite the country around a shared struggle against the deadly virus and by honoring the medical professionals who were on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic, Espaillat said.
The Upper Manhattan congressman has also introduced a bill that would set up a fund for coronavirus victims modeled after the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
New York City suffered through a devastating outbreak of the coronavirus that peaked in March and April. More than 219,000 people tested positive for the virus with 18,800 confirmed deaths and another 4,624 probable deaths as of Tuesday, July 21.
As of Tuesday morning, the U.S. had topped 3.8 million confirmed cases and surpassed 141,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.