This Update: 4/9/2021.   Next Update will be Friday, April 16, 2021.

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8,139 2,696 10,835
11 211
Individuals on the cumulative list that are presumed recovered: 10,300

AGE RANGE: 3 weeks to 102 years with the median age of 46.


Person tested positive for 2019 Novel Coronavirus RNA. These individuals can be symptomatic or asymptomatic.


There are two ways a person could be counted as a “Probable” case.

  1. Individual is symptomatic and linked to a confirmed case. These individuals are not tested.
  2. Individual tested positive using an antigen test (ex. blood test) AND is symptomatic or is linked to a confirmed case.


874,977 160,575 1,035,552
53,960 7,518 18,819
Individuals confirmed who are presumed to have recovered: 979,834

AGE RANGE: <1 to 111 with a median age of 42.

*See explanation above.


31,023,288 560,315 24,273,615
*Estimated: from Worldometer


134,200,330 2,906,785



  • 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


Richland County residents should follow the recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of the pandemic:

  • Get COVID-19 Vaccinated from any Richland County provider
  • Wear a face covering (cloth mask) if you must be out in the public.
  • Must wear a face covering (cloth mask) when entering a retail business or grocery
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
  • Follow good hygiene standards, including:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, or elbow).
    • Symptom self-evaluation monitoring.
  • Decrease in-person interactions with others.
  • Limit attending gatherings of any number.
  • Conduct a daily health/symptom self-evaluation and stay at home if symptomatic.
  • Seek medical care as needed, but limit or avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities to see others as much as possible.



Ohio Department of Health

Johns Hopkins