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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted held a press conference Monday afternoon to update residents about the coronavirus response in the state.

DeWine said more people would become eligible to receive the vaccine starting Thursday, including those with diabetes, renal disease and also those 50 and up.

Tuesday marks the anniversary of the first case that was identified in the state, which was in Cleveland.

The governor announced Monday that flags will be flown at half staff tomorrow across Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health also released the state’s latest coronavirus numbers Monday afternoon.There have been 979,725 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 1,254 cases reported today, along with a total of 17,502 deaths (including no additional fatalities reported today).

Death statistics are no longer being reported daily for accuracy purposes, ODOH said.

The total number of hospitalizations due to the virus since the pandemic began is now 50,965 people.

New hospitalization numbers are now at 84 inpatients, and 16 in the ICU in the last 24 hours. About 927,244 people are presumed to have recovered from the illness.

The number of people vaccinated in the state so far is 1,997,268 or about 17.09% of the population. That number includes people who have gotten one or two shots so far. In the last 24 hours, 27,263 people were vaccinated.

Last week, the governor announced locations for mass vaccination sites around the state, most of which have no dates for when they’ll begin receiving patients and administering the vaccine.

Appointments are also not available yet.

The state had not had a streamlined place where you could register for an appointment until Monday just after noon.

The state website allows approved groups to register.

The State has not been clear how many people from previously approved groups are still waiting to get vaccinated or if they know that information, since people have been registering with individual pharmacies and health departments.