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Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs, an aerospace medical technician, poses for a photo in her superhero-inspired Tyvek protective suit May 27, 2020, at the Carlin House in Logan, OH. Dobbs was part of a 20-person team of Ohio National Guard members who were tasked with helping at the assisted living facility after over half of their staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19. Photo credit: The National GuardStaff Sgt. Amber Mullen/178th Wing, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As of March 14, twenty percent of Ohio’s residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The distribution process began in early January and has steadily supplied doses to those who are eligible under Phase 2B distribution plan.

The state is making the vaccination process more accessible to those most affected by the pandemic, such as elderly residents, frontline workers, and communities of color. As part of this effort, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) created a comprehensive map of all locations that are administering the vaccines so that eligible residents can find the closest distribution facility by simply using their zip code. The ODH is also holding virtual town hall meetings featuring medical professionals and leaders from minority communities in order to ensure equity in the state’s vaccine distribution efforts. 

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Ohio reached 992,229 on Tuesday, with 17,992 deaths. As of today, cumulative hospitalizations in Ohio have now reached 48,739, where 24 percent of the total hospitalized are people in the age range of 70 to 79.

Restaurants and businesses have reopened and now allow for indoor dining as long as COVID-19 mitigation guidelines are followed. This, along with any Ohio resident 16 years of age or older being eligible for vaccination starting March 29, indicates that life in the buckeye state might be getting back to a pre-pandemic normal. 

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