Lake Eola fountain will light up amber to honor COVID-19 victims

The fountain at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando will light up amber on Tuesday night to honor the victims lost to COVID-19. 

The City of Orlando made the announcement on Twitter.

"Tonight, the Lake Eola Park fountain lights will be amber as we join communities across the country for a national moment of unity and remembrance to honor the lives lost to COVID-19."

More than 397,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. Over 24,136 Floridians have died since the coronavirus began in March.

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The Florida Capitol, as well as state capitols around the country, will also be illuminated amber as part of the Biden-Harris inauguration’s national moment of unity and remembrance. This will coincide with the first-ever lighting display around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Poll in Washington soon after Biden arrives at the nation’s capital.

The president-elect will take the oath of office on Wednesday with a mix of in-person and virtual events planned to mark the occasion. 

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Biden, who has set lofty goals for his first few months as president, said his top priority is congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to administer 100 million vaccines by his 100th day in office — while also providing $1,400 direct payments to Americans to stimulate the virus-hammered economy. 

Last week, he outlined five stages of his program to get 100 million doses administered in that time frame, declaring, "I’m convinced we can get it done."