NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will be hosting a remembrance service to honor those lost and affected by COVID-19.

The virtual interfaith service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Immediately after, there will be a commemorative tree planting ceremony outside the hospital’s main entrance, off Park Boulevard.

Masking protocols will be followed during the tree planting ceremony.

During the tree planting ceremony, the Saint Peter’s Heart, a symbol of love and compassion present during the pandemic, will be placed at the site.

Heart-shaped “experience expressions” – notes of intention from employees, physicians and the community – will also be placed at the site.

Saint Peter’s has treated hundreds of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in New Jersey was announced on March 5. On March 12. 2020, a spokesperson at Saint Peter’s confirmed it was treating its first positive case of COVID-19.