It has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, as a pandemic which struck without regard to social or economic status not only ravaged populations worldwide, but altered the ways in which Americans, Ohioans, and Delaware Countians live and work. The changes have been dramatic and many continue.
On the last day of the year we look back at the story of this public health crisis as told in the pages and posts of 1808Delaware.
It is difficult to know how many posts had the pandemic as a topic. A quick look at analytics revealed that there were 266 posts that referenced the word “COVID,” and 143 that included the word “coronavirus,” but some of those would have occurred in the same article.
What is clear is that the first post that referred to the crisis was shared on March 10 in a post entitled Three Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Ohio; DeWine Declares State Of Emergency
That post read in part,
“On Monday afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency after it was announced that three cases of the COVID-19/Coronavirus have now been confirmed in Ohio. Each of three involves a Cuyahoga County resident..”
Our first post referencing mask wearing came on March 8 in a post entitled From Sign Maker To Shield Maker.
We began to collect information about COVID-19, steps which Richland Countians could take, cancellations, etc., and by early March we had launched an Update Page as these notices had became unwieldy on the 1812Blockhouse home page.
In the coming months, we would use new software to create daily updated links to such information on the Delaware Coronavirus Information Page.
As noted above, COVID-19 has dominated news coverage for us and other local, statewide, and national media this year. It would likely come as no surprise that our most viewed posts of the entire year was related to this topic. Even our masthead changed when the state’s mask mandate was announced in July, by adding a face covering over the Blockhouse logo.
Below is a quick timeline of Ohio’s response to COVID-19:
- March 9- First cases in Ohio; Governor DeWine declares State of Emergency
- March 19 — First COVID-19-related death in Ohio
- March 23 — First stay at home order effective date
- April 16 — State of Ohio announces that reopening would begin on May 1
- July 2 – Launch of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System