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Survivors and Elected Officials, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Mayor Paige Cognetti and State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, to Remember the 1,700 Northeastern-area Pennsylvanians Taken by Covid with 200 Empty Chairs and a Display of 1,700 Yellow Hearts

Following the Event, Covid Survivors for Change will Host a Virtual Support Group for Scranton-area Residents Impacted by Covid

SCRANTON, Pa. – On Saturday, May 1 at 1pm, Scranton-based members of Covid Survivors for Change, the non-partisan grassroots Covid survivor network, will host a remembrance event to honor those taken by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those living with the long-term effects from the virus. The event will feature 200 empty chairs to honor the 1,700 northeastern Pennsylvania residents taken by Covid, as well as a display of 1,700 yellow hearts as part of a partnership with the Yellow Heart Memorial. State Representative of the 114th Legislative District Bridget M. Kosierowski will emcee the memorial alongside several other speakers, including Senator Bob Casey, Mayor Paige Cognetti and survivor Trish Zimmerman, organizer of the event.  

Following the event, Covid Survivors for Change will host a grief support group for Scranton-area residents impacted by Covid at 8pm ET. More information on that is available here.

For the safety of all participants, the event’s audience will watch via a livestream viewable at More details on the event are below.

WHAT:  Covid Survivors for Change Scranton Remembrance Event


  • Trish Zimmerman, a Scranton-based member of Covid Survivors for Change and the Yellow Heart Memorial whose father died of Covid in January
  • Senator Bob Casey
  • State Representative of the 114th Legislative District Bridget M. Kosierowski
  • Mayor Paige Cognetti 

WHERE: Linden Street lawn of the Lackawanna County Courthouse 

 200 N Washington Ave Scranton, PA 18503

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1 pm 

About Covid Survivors for Change

Covid Survivors for Change is a national, non-partisan movement bringing together Americans who have lost a loved one to Covid-19, as well as those who have survived the virus and those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic. As part of Covid Survivors for Change, Americans are mobilizing to make sure that communities have the funding, resources and leadership in place to address future public health emergencies. Survivors will also find community and healing in meeting other people whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. For more information, please visit: