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Gov. Mike DeWine orders flags flown at half staff for anniversary of first COVID-19 case in Ohio

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-08 11:48:07-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Ohio.

All flags at public buildings and grounds are ordered to lower flags from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, March 9.

On March 9, 2020, three people were reported to have COVID-19—the first cases in the state. In response, the governor declared a state of emergency across the state. All three of the first cases were in Cuyahoga County.

Since that time, Ohio has reported 978,471 cases and counting. 17,502 people have died as a result of COVID-19 across the state and 50,881 people have been hospitalized.