Current Situation Updates

Some administrative City offices are now open to the public

See a full list of facility and service updates here

Parks and Recreation Facility Updates

Scroll down to view previous situation updates and weekly digests tracking updates since mid-March. (links also to the left)

We’re excited to share that many of our businesses have reopened! Follow the signs and support local businesses.

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October 23 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Community spread continues to be the main cause of increasing COVID-19 case numbers. As the State of Ohio reports daily record case numbers, the cases in the City of Worthington also continue to rise. As of October 23, 2020, the City of Worthington has 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 42 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of October 23, 2020, there are 24,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 487 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health 

Franklin County remains at level 3, or red in the State's public health advisory system. This week 38 counties are at level red, which indicates very high exposure risk and spread. You are advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols.

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

October 16 - COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to Show Increasing Community Spread

Increasing COVID-19 case numbers in Worthington, Franklin County, and statewide are prompting urgent reminders from public health officials to stay diligent about practicing safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The increase in positive cases is being attributed to community spread, as well as people gathering at social events or in smaller groups with friends and family who are not in their immediate household. Previously the majority of new cases were tied to congregate living situations, such as long-term care facilities, but now the increase is mainly due to spread in the community at large. 

In Worthington, the number of cases has risen by 17 in the past week. As of Friday, October 16, 2020, the City of Worthington has 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents with 42 of those in long term care facilities.

Statewide, case numbers hit record highs this week with three straight days of new case counts over 2,000. Governor DeWine announced that Franklin County has moved back up to level 3, or red in the State's public health advisory system. 29 counties are at level red, which indicates very high exposure risk and spread. You are advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols.

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

state indicators guidance graphic

October 10 - Worthington Case Numbers show Increasing Community Spread

Worthington's daily case numbers are increasing and officials with Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, warn that the upward trend is reflective of community spread. Previously the majority of new cases were tied to long-term care facilities, but now the increase is mainly due to spread in the community at large. The number of cases in Worthington has risen by 15 in the past week. As of Saturday, October 10, 2020, the City of Worthington has 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents with 42 of those in long term care facilities. 

Cases are also on the rise in Franklin County and across the state. In Ohio, Friday’s case number of 1,840 is the highest one-day case increase the state has recorded since the pandemic began.

As students are back in school, restaurants and businesses are open, and many people may be gathering with friends and family, it is important to remember to stay safe and follow all safety requirements and guidelines

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Public health experts stress that as we enter the colder winter months and people are spending more time indoors, the risk of spread is also increasing. Please do your part to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

October 9 - Get your Flu Shot

Flu shot clinic graphic for webGetting a flu shot is more important than ever this year to protect your health and the health of those around you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worthington residents can visit any of the drive-thru clinics listed here to get a free flu shot. Two clinics take place in Worthington at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, on October 27 from 9am to 3pm and October 28 from Noon to 6pm, however, Worthington residents can get their free flu shot at any of the locations and times listed. Participants are reminded to wear their masks when they pull through the drive-thru and also to bring their insurance card if they have coverage. No one will pay regardless of whether or not they have insurance. See full details here.

October 9 - COVID-19 Prevention at the Polls

COVID prevention at pollsWhen voting in-person early or on Election Day, voters need to follow all safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure to wear your mask and maintain at least a six-foot distance between the people in line around you and poll workers. The Franklin County Early Voting Center and all polling locations will have personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies available and in use.

Ohio Secretary of State COVID-19 Voting Safety Directives

CDC Considerations for Voting Locations

Worthington Voters Information - Make a Voting Plan

October 9 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of October 9, 2020, the City of Worthington has 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 42 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of October 9, 2020, there are 22,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 483 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health 

October 9 - Franklin County remains at Level 2 (Orange)

Governor DeWine announced on Thursday, October 8, that Franklin County remains at  Level 2 (Orange) in the State's COVID-19 public health advisory system. The State of Ohio is seeing an increase in cases with 58 counties indicated as orange, or at an increased level of spread, and 18 counties indicated as red, or a very high risk of exposure and spread. This is the highest number of red counties since July 23, 2020 and the highest number of orange counties since the color advisory system was introduced. 

Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain safe physical distance between those around you. 

Tracking Dashboard of 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

Weekly Digest of Previous News and Updates

September 2020 Updates

  • Worthington Announces Halloween Plans and Guidelines
  • Parks & Recreation October Programs
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Updates
  • Worthington Coronavirus Recovery Survey
  • Virtual Patriot Day Remembrance

August 2020 Updates

  • Franklin County Decreased to State Health Advisory Level 2 (August 27)
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Garage Sale Permits Now Available
  • Take the Worthington Coronavirus Recovery Survey
  • State Guidelines on Senior Center Reopenings
  • New Outdoor Dining Options Available Downtown
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Updates
  • Worthington Schools Updates
  • Face Covering Guidelines

July 16 - 24 Updates

  • Worthington ReBOOT Grant Program
  • Special Event Updates
    • Market Day Cancelled
    • Labor Day no longer postponement option for Family Picnic and Memorial Day Parade
    • Concerts on the Green Cancelled through the 2020 Season
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Governor Announces Statewide Face Covering Order and Travel Advisory
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Update
  • Worthington Schools Responsible Restart Plan

No updates July 7 - 15

June 29 - July 6 Updates

  • Public Health Advisory System & Risk Level (Franklin County at red level)
  • Worthington Mask Requirement
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • 4th of July Family Homefront Activities

June 8 - 14 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Parks & Recreation announce more reopening dates
    • Playgrounds open June 10
    • Restrooms open June 15
    • Ball fields open June 15 in conjunction with local sports organizations.
  • Farmers Market expands in-person shopping in new location
  • Details on Free COVID-19 Testing available throughout central Ohio
  • Worthington ReBOOT and We’re Open business reopening campaigns announced

June 1 - 7 Updates

  • Worthington Playgrounds will Reopen June 10
  • Community Center Fitness Floor Open by Reservation June 3
  • Godown Dog Park Reopened June 1
  • Governor Announces Additional Sector Reopening Dates
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report

May 25 - 31 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Community Center Fitness Floor and Dog Park Reopening Details
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Governor Announces Updates to Assisted Living Visitation, County Fairs, and more...
  • Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts and Skatepark reopen May 27

May 18 - 24 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Reopening Timeline
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Memorial Day Health Reminders
  • Worthington Memorial Day Recognition
  • Indoor Dining Reopens at Area Restaurants
  • State Announces Additional Reopening Protocols
  • Swiminc Announces Closure of Worthington Pools for 2020 season
  • Governor DeWine releases "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory"
  • Worthington Libraries begins Phased Reopening
  • Special This Week News Column about City Facility Reopenings by City Manager Matt Greeson

May 11 - 17 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Facility Program Update
  • Governor Announces Reopening Dates for Daycares, Day Camps, Gyms and other facilities
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Staying Connected Check-In Service for Older Adults
  • Daily COVID-19 Case Updates

May 4 - May 10 Updates

  • City of Worthington outlines Initial Reopening Plan
  • Joint Announcement about the Postponement of 4th of July Community Activities
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Governor Announces Reopening Plan for Restaurants, Bars and Salons
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

April 27 - May 3 Updates

  • Worthington Libraries Updates
  • State Issues New "Stay Safe Ohio" Orders
  • City of Worthington Drafting Reopening Plans
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Worthington Concerts on the Green Cancelled through June
  • State of Ohio Revises Requirements for Face Coverings
  • First Responders Share Appreciation for Donations

April 20 - April 26 Updates

  • More City Boards and Commissions schedule Virtual Meetings
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Salute to Volunteers for National Volunteers Week
  • City of Worthington Proclamation of a State of Civil Emergency Extended
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • View 4/20/2020 Worthington City Council COVID-19 Briefing
  • Memorial Day Parade cancelled for May 25th 
  • Schools will Remain Closed through the Rest of the Academic Year

April 13 - April 19 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • A video message from the Worthington Division of Fire & EMS
  • Planning & Building is here to help - video
  • State and National Mask Guidelines
  • Messages of Thanks and Hope:
    • Message from the City Manager
    • Recognizing our Communications Technicians
    • Uplifting the Community with Music
    • Ohio’s Strive for Five Challenge
    • Greetings from the Griswold Center
  • City Council meeting streaming
  • Columbus Public Health Extends Emergency Declaration
  • Worthington Arts Festival Cancelled for 2020

April 6 - 12 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Help Keep our Parks Healthy and Safe -- Do’s and Don’ts
  • Police Chief Robert Ware shares Thanks with our Community Heroes
  • Virtual City Council meeting planned for Monday, April 13
  • Worthington confirmed cases remain at six
  • New State Health Order Updated
  • Worthington Police Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hyperion Materials and Technologies donates N95 masks to the Division of Fire
  • In case you missed it... watch the April 6, 2020 City Council Meeting and COVID-19 situation update from Columbus Public Health
  • CDC Face Covering Recommendation

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 a 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