When and how Ohio State responded
Though it’s been only a few months since COVID-19 became a household term and a phenomenon that would affect nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s hard to remember what happened when and in what order. This timeline is a reminder and a record of how Ohio State responded and how those actions happened in proximity and relation to events around the state, nation and world.
Dec. 31, 2019
China’s government confirms Wuhan residents are being treated for what is identified as a new type of coronavirus. One month later, the first U.S. case is reported, and the first death from the disease is confirmed by the end of February. The disease, now named COVID-19, had taken hold in the United States.
March 9, 2020
President Michael V. Drake announces all courses will transition to virtual instruction through March 30. This is later extended through summer semester. Ohio’s first COVID-19 cases are confirmed.
The Buckeyes’ spring football game, set for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, is canceled.
Ohio State extends spring break one week, giving faculty and students time to prepare for virtual instruction.
The Big Ten cancels all competitions through the end of the academic year, ending the seasons of 26 Ohio State sports. The NCAA cancels the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
The university postpones spring commencement. A day later, Ohio State announces two people within the university community have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ohio issues a stay-at-home order. Residence halls close to all but about 1,000 students without other housing options.
Student Life establishes a donor-supported fund to help students with emergency needs. More funds are later provided under the federal CARES Act.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle develop a diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can deliver results in as little as five hours.
Drake announces plans for a virtual commencement to be held May 3 and pledges that an in-person celebration of the Class of 2020 will occur when it is safe.
Ohio reports COVID-19 cases in the state have hit a “flat, steady peak,” totaling 6,975 cases and 274 deaths.
A virtual spring commencement ceremony is livestreamed from Ohio Stadium for Ohio State’s largest-ever graduating class. In all, 12,967 degrees and certificates are awarded.
As of late May, Ohio has paid out more than $3.1 billion in unemployment compensation to more than 644,000 claimants since the crisis began.