Current Situation Updates

All City of Worthington buildings are closed to the public
See a full list of facility and service closures here

April 9 - Virtual City Council Meeting planned for Monday, April 13

Due to Stay at Home Orders and the cancellation of public gatherings, Worthington City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Council members and City staff will connect through the Microsoft Teams application and the entire meeting will be streamed online at Worthington.org/live. The meeting on Monday, April 13, 2020 begins at 7:30 pm.

The public has two options for providing comments:

  1. Email council@worthington.org prior to or during the meeting. Comments will be read by the Clerk of Council and entered into the record during the meeting.
  2. Call 567-249-0063 and enter conference ID 894-456-406. 

Telephone comments will be taken in the order in which they are received. There is a 25-second delay in the live stream online so callers should turn their computer audio down when it is their turn to speak.

April 13, 2020 Agenda Packet

As of April 9, 2020, there are no changes to the number of confirmed positive cases in Worthington.

April 8 - Worthington Confirmed Cases Remain at Six

As of Wednesday, April 8, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worthington remains at six. This number has not changed since it was first announced on March 30. In the entire Columbus Public Health jurisdiction, the number of confirmed cases is 512. There have been six deaths in Columbus and none in Worthington.
Columbus Public Health Update 4-8-2020

As a result of the extended Stay at Home order, the list of closures and cancellations continues to be updated.
See the complete list of closures and cancellations here

April 7 - New State Health Order Updates

The new Stay at Home Order that went into effect at midnight April 7, 2020 states anyone returning to Ohio from out of state should self-quarantine for 14 days. This means if you have been spending the winter months in a warmer climate, such as Florida, Arizona, or elsewhere, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.  The order does not include those who live and work in trans-border areas, health care and public health and safety workers, transportation workers and certain essential workers. Other updates are also included in the order.

Read the Amended Stay at Home Order

Stay at Home Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Worthington Police Wearing Personal Protective Equipment

PD wearing PPEThe Worthington Police Department is still here protecting and serving the community, but they look a little different than you’re used to seeing them. If you encounter the police, please don’t be alarmed with the protective gear they are wearing. Their goal is to keep themselves, as well as the entire Worthington community, safe and healthy by preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Pictured L to R: Police Officers Austin Bradbury and Micheal Aisel



Hyperion Materials and Technologies Donates N95 Masks to the Division of Fire

hyperion donationThe Worthington Division of Fire is sharing a big Thank You with Worthington business Hyperion Materials and Technologies for the generous donation of 360 N95 masks. Worthington firefighter/paramedics wear the N95 mask on all calls where they come into contact with and treat patients. This is a vital piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and this donation from Hyperion provides a valuable resource for the protection of our crews so they can stay healthy and properly serve the community. 

Pictured L to R: Firefighter/Paramedics Asa Snouffer, Nick Schaeffer, and Billy Rings, Lieutenant Mark Lundy, Hyperion Environmental Health and Safety Manager Steve Wood.

With its global headquarters located in Worthington, Hyperion Materials and Technologies is a major City employer that manufactures industrial-grade diamonds for cutting and pressing hard and super-hard materials. Hyperion is an essential business and remains open during this crisis, but is operating with reduced staff. Hyperion is featured on the City of Worthington’s economic development website businessworthington.org, with a video testimonial showcasing their Worthington experience. Watch the Hyperion video here.


April 7 - Watch City Council COVID-19 Briefing4-6-20 City Council video stream

In case you missed it, you can watch the video from Monday’s City Council Meeting (4/6/20) with a full COVID-19 situation update from Columbus Public Health and City department directors about Worthington’s response to protect the health and safety of our community. 

View the 4/6/2020 City Council meeting 

City Clerk Kay Thress manages the virtual meeting with City Council members and Staff dialing in from home.

4-6-20 City COuncil meeting in chambers (1)

The City Council Chambers is nearly empty as the remote meeting fills the screen above the empty Council chairs below.

4-6-20 City COuncil meeting in chambers (2)

April 6 - Virtual City Council Meeting includes COVID-19 Public Health and Response Update

Starting tonight, April 6, 2020, Worthington City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Due to Stay at Home Orders and the cancellation of public gatherings, City Council members and City staff will connect through the Microsoft Teams application and the entire meeting will be streamed online at Worthington.org/live. The agenda includes a COVID-19 situation and response update from City Staff and an update from Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. Columbus Public Health serves as Worthington’s contracted health agency.
 
Just like during a regular, in-person meeting, there are opportunities for people to submit comments. Instead of standing at the podium in front of Council, the public has two options. First, comments can be submitted in advance or during the meeting by email at council@worthington.org. Comments will be read by the Clerk of Council during the meeting.  Another option is to call in with comments.
The number to call is 567-249-0063.
You will be asked to enter your conference ID, which is 894-456-406.

Telephone comments will be taken in the order in which they are received. Callers should be aware that there is a 25-second delay in the live stream online.  Callers should turn their computer audio down when it is their turn to speak.

You can view the April 6, 2020 Agenda packet and remember to tune in live tonight at 7:30 p.m. to view the meeting live at Worthington.org/live 

April 6 - Worthington Confirmed Cases Remain at Six

As of Monday, April 6, 2020, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worthington remains at six. In the entire Columbus Public Health jurisdiction, the number of confirmed cases is 446. There have been six deaths in Columbus and none in Worthington. 

 Columbus Public Health Update 4-6-2020

As the Stay at Home order has been extended through at least May 1, most closures and cancellations have been extended through April. See the complete list of closures and cancellations here

CDC Face Covering Recommendation

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. These measures are to be used in addition to social distancing recommendations. 

See the new dashboard below tracking daily COVID-19 cases in Worthington, Franklin County, and Ohio

Click on the different areas of the chart and map below to view more detailed information. 

View additional Worthington Demographics and Community Characteristics here.

Ohio Department of Health Case Dashboard

Week-by-Week Previous News and Updates

March 30 - April 5 Updates

  • Video Message from Parks & Recreation Director Darren Hurley
  • Godown Dog Park Closes
  • Virtual City Council Meeting planned for April 6, 2020
  • State of Ohio issues new Stay at Home order through May 1
  • Beware of Scams
  • SuperGames Donates Face Shields for First Responders
  • How to support local restaurants and businesses
  • Parks facility closures include tennis courts, the skatepark and more
  • Back to school date extended and Worthington cases updated

March 23 - 29 Updates

  • Worthington statement about Stay at Home order and City Action to Declare a State of Emergency
  • Worthington reports four confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Parks & Recreation Facilities closed - playgrounds, athletic fields, pickleball, basketball courts, parks restrooms
  • School playgrounds, tracks and fields are closed
  • Absentee voting period set through April 28
  • Worthington reports first two confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Worthington Fire & EMS responders increase use of personal protective equipment
  • Yard waste drop off service is closed
  • Columbus Public Health case update

March 16 - March 22 Updates

  • Stay at Home Order issued
  • Ohio reports first COVID-19 related death
  • Worthington Fire & EMS activates substation at Community Center
  • State Orders updated to include more service-related businesses
  • Columbus Public Health reports second confirmed COVID-19 case
  • Polls closed for public health emergency
  • Worthington City Council meeting featuring update from Columbus Health Commissioner

March 12 - March 15 Updates

  • State order closing bars and prohibition dining-in at restaurants
  • City Council information for 3/16/2020 meeting
  • Columbus Public Health reports first COVID-19 case in jurisdiction
  • Columbus Public Health declares public health emergency
  • Governor orders mass events cancelled and schools closed