COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds throughout the state in remembrance of more than 500,000 Americans who have died due to COVID-19.
All flags are ordered to be lowered until sunset on Feb. 26.
To date, more than 14,000 Ohioans have died due to COVID-19.
President Joe Biden directed that the US flag be flown at half-staff through sundown Friday. From the White House, Biden addressed the nation on Monday.
"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate,” Biden said. “We've been fighting this pandemic for so long. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or a blur or on the news. We must do so to honor the dead, but equally important care for the living, those they left behind. For the loved ones left behind."