This Update: 06/02/2022.

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23,822 8,460


134 cases in last seven days.

Individuals on the cumulative list that are presumed recovered: 31,240
AGE RANGE: 3 weeks to 102 years.
*verification from CDC on deaths can be delayed by up to 120 days.


2,141,096 639,557



117,295 13,630 38,657
Individuals who are presumed to have recovered: 2,685,430

AGE RANGE: <1 to 111

*See explanation above.




  • December 31, 2019: the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City (population of 11 million), Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any other known virus.


  • January 7, 2020: Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus is named “2019-nCoV.”
  • January 21, 2020: First case in the United States is reported in Washington state.
  • January 24, 2020: Chinese authorities quarantine five cities in the Hubei Province which has a population of 58.5 million.
  • January 27, 2020: The number of cases of coronavirus exceeds those from the SARS outbreak in 2002-03.
  • January 29, 2020: First person to person case reported in the US (Chicago)
  • January 30, 2020: WHO declares coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern.”
  • January 31, 2020: The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for China: do not travel to China due to 2019-nCoV.
  • February 9, 2020: Coronavirus deaths surpass that of 2003 SARS virus (officially there were 774 deaths from SARS, although the number may have been higher).
  • February 11, 2020: The 195 Americans who were first evacuated from Wuhan last month were released from their 14-day quarantine on March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. None of the evacuees tested positive for the new coronavirus.
  • February 11, 2020: The new coronavirus disease has received an official name from the World Health Organization: “COVID-19.”
  • February 18: Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan reports 542 cases of coronavirus among its 3,700 passengers and crew.
  • February 23, 2020: The WHO reports that cases in China appeared to have peaked. However, the sudden increase of cases outside of China is “deeply concerning.” Outbreaks of COVID-19 include South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran.
  • February 26, 2020: At the White House press conference, the CDC reports that the spread of COVID-19 is inevitable.
  • February 29, 2020: Washington State reports first COVID-19 death in the U.S.
  • March 1, 2020: WHO Risk Assessment is “Very High” on the Global Level
  • March 5, 2020: Global cases top 100,000, but nearly 56,000 have recovered.
  • March 9, 2020: Three (3) positive cases are first in Ohio; Governor DeWine declares State of Emergency.
  • March 11, 2020: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a Pandemic. Defined as a global outbreak of a serious new illness seeing sustained transmission throughout the world.
  • March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency over the new coronavirus
  • March 15, 2020: The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.
  • March 17: New guidance is for canceling any gatherings of more than 10 people
  • March 19: Richland County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.
  • March 20: Ohio has its first death due to coronavirus.
  • March 22: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issues a “Shelter at Home” order.
  • March 27: House passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill for workers, businesses
  • April 2: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide exceed one million cases.
  • April 8: Richland County has its first death from COVID-19
  • April 10: Deaths from COVID-19 worldwide exceed 100,000.
  • April 11: U.S. takes the world lead in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
  • April 27: Governor Mike DeWine announces plans for gradual reopening of business in Ohio, starting May 1. Requires five protocols for all businesses and cooperation from clients. Governor emphasizes that “Shelter-in-place” still remains in play.
  • May 7: Governor Mike DeWine announces many businesses can reopen (Restart-Ohio”).
  • May 14 through June 14: DeWine continues to announce more business reopening dates with safety protocols in place in order for re-openings to work.
  • May 30: The U.S. eclipses 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.
  • June 21: The World Health Organization reported the largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Sunday: over 183,000. Brazil and the U.S. showed the biggest jumps – at 54,771 and 36,617 cases, respectively. More than two-thirds of new deaths were also reported in the Americas.
  • July 1: The U.S. reported 50,000 cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, a new daily record, according to John Hopkins.
  • July 2: Governor DeWine announces color coding of counties by COVID-19 spread risk. Guidance for schools opening posted on ODH and ODE websites.
  • July 16: Richland County goes to Level 3 (Red) in the Ohio Public Health Alert System.
  • July 22: Governor DeWine makes face coverings mandatory for the whole state.
  • July 30: Richland County goes to Level 1 (Yellow) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • August 6: Richland County goes to Level 2 (Orange) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • August 20: Richland County goes to Level 1 (Yellow) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • August 27: Richland County still at Level 1 (Yellow) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • September 3: Richland County still at Level 1 (Yellow) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • September 10: Richland County still Level 1 (Yellow) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
  • September 17: Richland County goes to Level 2 (Orange) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System
  • September 18: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide exceeds 30 million cumulative cases (although 20 millions have recovered).
  • September 25: Richland County still at Level 2 (Orange) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System
  • October 1: Richland County returns to Level 3 (Red) with a warning on Level 4.
  • October 8: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System
  • October 15: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System
  • October 22: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on OPHAS with a High Incidence warning.
  • October 29: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on OPHAS with a High Incidence warning.
  • November 5: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reports that all 88 Ohio Counties have High Incidence warnings with very high exposure and sprad of COVID-19. Ohio posts its largest single day total of cases yet.
  • November 5: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on OPHAS with a High Incidence warning.
  • November 12: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on OPHAS with a High Incidence warning.
  • November 19: Richland County remains at Level 3 (Red) on OPHAS with a High Incidence warning.
  • November 19: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine starts 21 day curfew for Ohio retail businesses (10 p.m.)
  • November 25: Richland County on the Purple Watch list after nine weeks at Level Red.
  • December 3: Richland County goes to Purple in OPHAS (severe exposure and spread of COVID-19).
  • December 10: Richland County stay at Purple in OPHAS; Ohio Governor Mike Dewine extends 10 p.m. curfew for businesses until January 2, 2021.
  • December 11: The United States approves vaccinations for COVID-19.
  • December 14: First doses of COVID-19 vaccine are given in the United States (including Ohio).
  • December 17: Richland County is the only remaining Purple County under the OPHAS.
  • December 18: Richland County launches “CountOnMeRC” COVID-19 Awareness Campaign.
  • December 24: Richland County goes back to Level 3/Red and will remain Red update active cases goes under 100 per capita. Richland County is currently the seventh worse County with 1,024.32 cases per 100,000.
  • December 28: Richland Public Health begins giving COVID-19 Vaccine Shots (Moderna) to Phase 1A (emergency responders).
  • December 29: Governor DeWine renews the order that all retail businesses enforce a curfew at 10 p.m. and not to reopen until 5 a.m. Curfew has been extended to January 30.


  • January 19: Vaccinations start for Phase 1B. Vaccine supply is limited.
  • February 12: Governor DeWine lets the business curfew expire.
  • February 18: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted visits Richland Public Health’s vaccination process.
  • February 26: Johnson and Johnson receives emergency vaccine approval from the FDA for their one dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • March 1: Ohio Governor DeWine relaxes attendance restrictions to sports events
  • March 4: Vaccinations start for age 60 and older.
  • March 4: Ohio Governor DeWine announces all restrictions will be lifted when Ohio gets to 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population for a two week period. Only one county (Holmes) has met that standard so far. The state is currently at 180 cases per 100,000 population and Richland County has the 25th most active cases out of 88 counties.
  • March 7: Ohio Governor DeWine announces attendance increases for athletic events (indoors, 25%; outdoors 30%)
  • March 12: ODH Director’s Orders issued to reopen Fairs and Animal Exhibitions, with Exceptions
  • March 15: Vaccinations start for Age 50 and older
  • March 19: Vaccinations begin for Age 40 and older
  • March 25: Richland Public Health begins vaccinating all ages 18 and older
  • April 1: Ohio and Richland County see an uptick in cases as COVID-19 variants start to show up in Ohio
  • April 13: A pause is put on the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (RPH uses Moderna).
  • April 23: FDA reapproves J&J vaccine after investigation.
  • April 30: Richland Public Health begins walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • May 12: Pfizer vaccines approved for all ages 12 and older.
  • May 12: Ohio Governor DeWine announces COVID-19 health orders on masking, social distancing, and mass gathering will end on June 2.
  • May 13: CDC releases new mask guidelines stating full vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks.
  • May 20: ODH reports a 25% increase of vaccinated people over the week before since initiating the Vax-A-Million promotion. 93 in Richland County get vaccinated at Maddox Memorial Temple drive-thru event. Richland Public Health sees slight increase in walk-ins as well.
  • May 20: Richland County returns to Level 2/Orange in Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The following week, the Ohio Department of Health ends this notification system.
  • May 27: Richland Public Health halts specific COVID-19 clinics and begins COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment in the Clinic (419-774-4700).
  • June 2: Governor’s Orders for COVID-19 precaution are removed, including wearing masks except where required by the business/facility and event capacity limitations.
  • July 7: A highly contagious variant of the novel coronavirus is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC data shows the so-called delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was estimated to account for 51.7% of all new cases of COVID-19 across the country as of July 3. Health officials and experts alike have warned that the delta variant is a more infectious version of the disease, and preliminary data indicates it may increase the risk of hospitalization. The variant has also shown to be particularly dangerous to those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against COVID-19. However, current evidence suggests that the full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in preventing hospitalizations and serious illness.
  • July 27: To prevent the spread of the delta variant, fully vaccinated people should now wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with high COVID-19 transmission, according to new CDC guidance.
  • August 12: ODH says the Delta variant is suspected to be 100% of COVID cases in Ohio.
  • September 24: CDC approves booster dose for those who completed Pfizer vaccine series.
  • October 21, 2021: CDC approves booster dose for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • November 2, 2021: Richland Public Health begins Moderna booster doses in the Clinic.
  • November 2, 2021: Pfizer vaccines approved for children age 5-11.
  • November 23, 2021: A new COVID-19 variant name “omicron” is detected in South Africa.
  • December 2, 2021: Omicron is detected in the U.S. Still several unknowns about the variant but it appears to be highly transmissible but also less likely to cause severe illness. It will likely take weeks to sort out if vaccines are still effective against it.
  • December 12, 2021: 30 U.S. States, including Ohio, are reporting cases of the Omicron variant. Indications are that Omicron is less likely to cause severe illness but much more transmissible.
  • December 20, 2021: Omicron becomes the dominant COVID Virus in the United States.
  • December 27, 2021: CDC changes the quarantine protocols to coincide with Omicron.

PREVENTION/PRECAUTIONS – Steps to take to lessen the chances of COVID infection

Use personal prevention protection methods at all times, at home, work, or elsewhere:

  • Get COVID-19 Vaccinated from any Richland County provider
  • Get your booster shot as soon as you are eligible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering (mask) when in public.
  • Maintain 6-foot distance from people who are not members of your household
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes: use a tissue or cough into your sleeve.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Take a COVID rapid home test if you think you are sick or have been in contact with someone else who is. Test kits are free at local libraries and Richland Public Health. Please check Facebook pages for updates on availability.



    Ohio Department of Health

    Johns Hopkins