Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns gets his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine March 11, 2021, at IU Ball Memorial Hospital. In an April 1 email, Mearns encouraged members of the student body to receive vaccines now that they are eligible. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Ball State faculty and students reflecting on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Before March 2020, the definition of “normal” was completely different. The gravity of the coronavirus pandemic was unknown, Zoom calls weren’t a thought and “face mask” was a football term. In the last year, millions of people in the United States have been infected by the virus, and hundreds of thousands have died. Now, there is hope for a return to normalcy. 

Frog Baby stands without water in a facemask March 16, 2020. March 16 was the first day of fully-online classes in the spring 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jacob Musselman, DN File

A timeline of COVID-19 events on and off campus

Indiana marked the anniversary of its first confirmed COVID-19 death March 16, 2021. The coronavirus is still spreading across the world, country and state. With the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of three COVID-19 vaccines, there is hope for herd immunity later this year. Here's a look at some significant coronavirus events on and off Ball State's campus from March 2020 through today.

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