Conemaugh Health System to Honor Local Lives Lost to COVID-19

November 23, 2021

Conemaugh Health System personnel will gather later today at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, and Conemaugh Nason Medical Center to honor local lives lost to COVID-19 throughout the health system. In recent weeks, personnel have been writing the initials of patients and names of loved ones on luminaries, which will glow at (or near) each facility tonight as a tribute to the local victims of COVID-19 who will be missing from holiday celebrations this year.

To date, Cambria County has lost 553 lives to COVID-19, Somerset County has lost 271 lives, Bedford County has lost 187 lives, and Blair County has lost 421 lives.

“Each one of these 1,432 individuals was someone’s parent or grandparent, son or daughter, niece or nephew, friend, colleague, or neighbor, and we recognize that this loss and grief is unimaginable for our community, especially as we prepare to share in holiday traditions with our loved ones,” said Elizabeth Dunmore, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Conemaugh Health System. “Our frontline personnel comforted many of these patients and their families in their darkest moments and their resilience continues to be tested on a daily basis. Taking a moment to reflect on this unprecedented and ongoing tragedy is an important part of the grieving process for our teams.”

Each memorial will take place at 4 p.m., except for Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, where staff will gather at 11 a.m. Media interested in attending any of the ceremonies should RSVP to Kyle Adams.

Conemaugh Health System continues to encourage the community to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. The overwhelming percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated shows that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is still the best defense against serious illness, hospitalization and death. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in the local community. Visit Vaccines.gov to schedule a vaccination appointment.