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Ohio officially tops one million COVID-19 cases since beginning of the pandemic

The grim milestone comes 378 days after the first coronavirus cases were reported in Ohio.

CLEVELAND — A little more than one year ago, Ohio reported its first three coronavirus cases back on March 9, 2020. Now, 378 days later, that number has grown to 1 million cases.

Ohio’s current tally has hit 1,001,194 total COVID cases after the state reported an additional 1,444 cases on Monday afternoon. There have also been more than 18,300 deaths throughout the state since the pandemic began.

It comes as the state is just one week away from reaching a new milestone in the battle against the pandemic as Gov. Mike DeWine opens COVID vaccine eligibility to all Ohioans ages 16 and older starting March 29. 

RELATED: Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination registration site: How to sign up for an appointment near you

The number of Ohioans who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has climbed to 2.8 million people, which represents 24.14% of the state’s total population.

Monday also marks one year since Gov. DeWine first announced the state would be going under a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

RELATED: Ohio expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility: Ages 40 and older now permitted, ages 16+ eligible March 29

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