Tuscarawas County Health Department Marks One Year Since First COVID-19 Case 

(Dover, Ohio) – This Sunday, March 14, 2021, marks one year since first COVID-19 Case in Tuscarawas County.

The Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD) received notification from Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital of a positive COVID-19 test result from a Tuscarawas County resident.

TCHD Health Commissioner Katie Seward held a special Saturday afternoon news conference on March 14, 2020, to announce the news and share recommendations for slowing the transmission of the virus in our community. Just eight days later, on March 22, 2020, TCHD shared news of a second confirmed positive COVID-19 case. Much has changed over the past year. As of 2 pm today, there have been 8,132 total cases of COVID-19 in county residents with 235 COVID-19 related deaths, but the COVID-19 vaccine is helping to change the course of the virus.

“We are thankful to be in a season of hope during this Pandemic now that we can share the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine,” noted Seward. “However, it’s also important to look back at the past year to reflect on how far we have come and examine the community impact of this virus. The lives of local residents have been affected through job losses or reduction of hours, the inability to participate in special activities or visit with others, quarantines, illness, hospitalization, and/or perhaps even the loss of one or more loved ones. Learning from the past helps us look forward with hope to the future as today 8,992 county residents are fully vaccinated, and we continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated when they are eligible and vaccine supply allows.”

“We mourn all who have lost their lives to COVID-19, and our sincere condolences go out to those who have experienced the death of a loved one,” shared Seward. “Please continue to follow the safety protocols of wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and washing your hands frequently to help prevent additional negative effects of COVID-19 here in Tuscarawas County and allow time for most of our community to be vaccinated. We greatly appreciate the community’s support during these challenging times, and I and my staff will be here to see us through the end of the Pandemic and protect and serve our community in the years to come.”

Below is a brief timeline of COVID-19 case history:

  • March 14, 2020: First COVID-19 case identified in a Tuscarawas County resident
  • April 28, 2020: First COVID-19 related death in a county resident
  • June 1, 2020: TCHD opened drive-up COVID-19 testing and performed 4,314 tests between June 1 and December 31
  • June 12, 2020: 406 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 7 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county
  • September 18, 2020: 909 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 19 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county
  • October 22, 2020: TCHD and the New Philadelphia City Health Department held a virtual joint news conference to announce the county’s level change from Level 2/Orange to Level 3/Red in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and county has remained at Level 3 since that time
  • December 23, 2020: TCHD provided the first Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations on live TV during Governor DeWine’s afternoon news conference. TCHD Director of Nursing Amy Kaser administered the vaccine to Drs. Jeffrey Cameron and Kevin Miller.
  • December 31, 2020: 6,196 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 163 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county
  • March 12, 2021: 8,132 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 235 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county
  • March 12, 2021: 15,234 county residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 8,992 have completed vaccination. TCHD had provided 5,300 COVID-19 vaccinations as of 4 pm on March 11, 2021.

For more information about the course of COVID-19 in Tuscarawas County, visit the COVID-19 page at www.tchdnow.org.

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