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Key dates in COVID-19 pandemic

DECEMBER 2019
Dec. 31 – China reports clusters of cases in Wuhan province

JANUARY 2020
Jan. 20 – First U.S. case of COVID–19 reported, first case reported in South Korea
Jan. 25 – First case of COVID–19 reported in Australia
Jan. 31 – First case of COVID–19 reported in United Kingdom, Italy

FEBRUARY
Feb. 26 – First non–travel case of COVID–19 reported in U.S.

MARCH
March 4 – Gov. Mike DeWine orders Arnold Sports Festival canceled in Ohio
March 5 – DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton host COVID–19 summit
March 6 – First COVID–19 case reported in Kentucky
March 9 – First confirmed case in Ohio
March 9 – DeWine declares state of emergency
March 11– President Donald Trump addresses nation on pandemic, World Health Organization declares COVID–19 a pandemic, actor Tom Hanks announces he has tested positive for the virus, NBA suspends games after player tests positive
March 12 – DeWine orders public schools closed, ban on mass gatherings ordered in Ohio, U.S. COVID–19 cases reach 1,000, NCAA cancels March Madness, Ironton declares state of emergency
March 13 – Ohio University announces suspension of in–person instruction through end of spring
March 14 – Hospitals ordered to postpone elective surgeries, Coal Grove declares state of emergency
March 15 – Bars and indoor dining ordered closed, Chesapeake declares state of emergency
March 16 – DeWine orders delay for March primary election
March 17 – First COVID–19 death in Ohio, first case confirmed in West Virginia
March 19 – U.S. State Department advises against international travel
March 22 – Stay-at-home order issued in Ohio
March 25 – First positive case reported in Lawrence County
March 30 – First cases of COVID–19 reported in Cabell County, West Virginia

APRIL
April 4 – Ohio recommends use of facial coverings and masks
April 27 – Reopening plan released for state
April 28 – Ballots counted for mail–in primary election

MAY
May 1 – Hospitals reopen for elective surgeries in Ohio, state stay–at–home order expires
May 2 – South Point hosts socially distanced cruise–in event for community
May 4 – Construction, manufacturing businesses reopen in Ohio
May 12 – Consumer, retail, service businesses reopen in Ohio
May 18 – Lawrence County Courthouse reopens to public
May 21 – Campgrounds reopen in Ohio
May 25 – Ironton Lawrence–County Memorial Day Parade takes place in scaled–down form with no spectators
May 29 – Board announces cancellation of Lawrence County Fair
Late May – Schools host socially–distanced graduation events for seniors

JUNE
June 12 – Acton resigns as Ohio’s health director
June 18 – First Ohio counties, in southwestern part of state, begin seeing spike in cases
June 24 – West Virginia announces surge in COVID–19 cases tied to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

JULY
July 2 – Four–tier alert map begins, Lawrence County listed at Orange Level Two
July 14 – Lawrence County Livestock Show offers scaled–down events in place of Lawrence County Fair
July 15 – DeWine addresses state on spike in cases; Walmart, Kroger say all customers required to wear masks
July 23 – Mask mandate in all Ohio counties begins
July 23 – Lawrence County moved to Red Level Three alert, Pumpkin House and fall festival canceled in Kenova, West Virginia
July 31 – Ironton Wizardfest announces cancellation of 2020 events

AUGUST
Aug. 6 – Lawrence County alert downgraded to Orange Level Two, outbreak reported at Harbor Health Care in Ironton
Aug. 13 – First COVID–19 death reported in Lawrence County
Mid–August – Schools in Ohio re–open