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.
To recognize the one-year anniversary of the first recorded #COVID19 case in Ohio, I have ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state from sunrise to sunset on March 9, 2021. pic.twitter.com/W7hUREEPJn— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 8, 2021