UNITED STATES -

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and many other leaders have ordered flags to half-staff until sunset on May 16.

The request is in memory of the nearly million Americans who have died from COVID-19. This number includes 7,548 Oregonians and over 12,000 Washingtonians. 

"Every life lost to COVID-19 is a tragedy," said Gov. Brown. "With about 1,000,000 Americans who have died from this virus, there are too many families who are now without a friend, family member, or other loved one."