It is basically acknowledged that March 2020 was the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ohio.
It was Thursday, March 12, 2020, when Mike DeWine, Ohio governor, called for the closure of schools statewide. What was supposed to be a three-week shutdown turned into the rest of the school year.
The spring primary election, set for March 17, 2020, was postponed after a wild night of orders, lawsuits, and press releases.
Restaurants were closed to dine-in customers. Restaurants could only offer carry-out starting Monday, March 15.
Businesses were shuttered, with hundreds losing their jobs.
Archbold and Pettisville schools held graduation ceremonies “drivein” style, with the graduates stepping out of their cars long enough to walk up to portable stages and get their diplomas.
There has been some relief from the Covid precautions, but there are still restrictions on travel, public gatherings, and the like. The requirement to wear masks is still in place.
It’s been a tough year on everyone on almost every level– financially, socially, and emotionally.
Now there are signs of encouragement. The vaccines we all wanted for so long are here. All of the Fulton County statistics– new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths– are down.
The coming of spring is sure lighten some moods.
But Kim Cupp, Fulton County Health Commissioner, urges patience. It’s not time yet to strip off those masks. We have seen surges before; let’s not have a repeat of those experiences.
Hang in there, everyone. Keep fighting the virus. It will be well and truly over soon.