Current Situation Updates

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Parks and Recreation Facility Updates

Scroll down to view previous situation updates and weekly digests tracking updates since mid-March 2020. (links also to the left)

April 15 - Franklin County moves to Purple Level

Franklin County has moved back to the highest level 4, or purple, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System meaning there is an extreme risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. The increasing case numbers and COVID-19 related healthcare utilizations, including emergency department, outpatient visits and hospitalizations, are being reported at a concerning rate. The Ohio Department of Health cites COVID-19 variants as major contributors to the increase. Variants are known to be more transmissible and can cause serious illness and potentially death. 

Vaccine appointments are now readily available. People are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and help friends and family members schedule appointments. Options for scheduling include primary care providers or hospital systems, pharmacies, or public health agencies: 

The rising case numbers are a reminder to be vigilant and continue following safety precautions, including wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings, staying six feet apart from others, and washing your hands frequently.

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CPH VACCINE OPTIONS (JJ Paused)April 13 - Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution Paused

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health directed all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following a recommendation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The recommendation was made after six people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S. experienced an extremely rare blood-clotting condition.
More information from the CDC

People who are currently scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should contact their vaccine provider. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines remain available. 

All people age 16 and up are now eligible. Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or can be made through primary care providers and hospital systems or public health agencies.

What to know before, during, and after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

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Special Event Decisions

The City of Worthington continues to work with event organizers and our partners at Columbus Public Health to evaluate the feasibility and health protocols required for special events to be held safely and in compliance with State Health Orders and best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Worthington Farmers Market Returns to Historic District with Expanded Layout and Safety Protocols

farmers market summer 2021The Worthington Farmers Market is returning to the downtown historic district starting May 1. Organizers worked with public health partners to develop an expanded layout and safety protocols to create a safe shopping experience for visitors and vendors. The Farmers Market will also bring a big boost to Worthington's small locally owned businesses.

The Market will look different than in past seasons. The goal is to add space and spread out market vendors and customers so social distance can be maintained. 

  • Space has been added for booths along the Village Green south of 161, as well as additional booths placed on the lawn of the United Methodist Church.
  • E. New England Avenue between the Graeter’s parking lot and Dewey’s Pizza property will be closed to allow for more spacing between booths.
  • Masks will be required for vendors and customers, as the State Order and Worthington ordinance are still in effect. Please be an example to others and wear your mask!
  • Many vendors will be in new spaces this season. Spacing is the main factor and we have been thoughtful in placement to ensure social distancing and customer queuing can be accommodated.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the market.

The Farmers Market takes place in Old Worthington every Saturday in May through October between 8am and Noon. Until May 1, you can visit the indoor Market location at The Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St. on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Worthington Farmers Market website

April 14 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of April 14, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,107 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of April 14, 2021, there are 86,282 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,033 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See CPH resources and updates here

April 9 - Franklin County back on Watch List for Extreme Risk of COVID-19 Spread

COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and other indicators are on the rise again, prompting Franklin County to be placed back on the watch list for a risk of severe exposure and spread of COVID-19. If numbers continue to go up, Franklin County could be back to the highest Level 4 "purple" designation next week. 

Our public health partners are reminding citizens to remain focused on vaccinations and preventing the spread, 

  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others not in your household
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer

There is more vaccine in the community every day and heath partners are encouraging all residents 16 and older to find an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible.  If you are able, we encourage you to reach out to your family, friends and neighbors to see if they need help finding or scheduling an appointment. Options for scheduling appointments include through primary care providers or hospital systems, or these public health agencies: 

ODH County risk map 4-8-2021
hospitalizations as of 4-8-2021

April 9 - New Consolidated State Health Order

This week Governor Mike DeWine issued a new consolidated health order to streamline existing orders into a single order that underscores the most important tenants of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The new order applies to all sectors, facilities and events and focuses on the basics of wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting large gatherings, being outside and practicing good hand hygiene. 

Read the revised health order here

April 9 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of April 9, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,094 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of April 9, 2021, there are 85,421 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,032 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See CPH resources and updates here

April 2 - CDC Updates Travel Guidance Travel Guidance for Fully Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated travel guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated. Because people who have been fully vaccinated are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, the CDC says they can safely travel within the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine or get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it. Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including, wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, staying 6-feet away from other people and avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer. 

More about the CDC Travel Guidance

Other things people who have been fully vaccinated are able to do: 

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. 
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • In public, you should still wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. 

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Learn more from the CDC

April 2 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of April 2, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,085 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of April 2, 2021, there are 84,092 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,016 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See CPH resources and updates here

CPH VACCINE OPTIONSMarch 29 - Vaccine Eligibility Open to Ages 16+

All people age 16 and up are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or can be made through primary care providers and hospital systems or public health agencies.

People 16 and 17 years old must have parental consent for any vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian to receive a vaccine. People under 18 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are indicated for those 18 and up.

Text “VaxCbus” to 888777 for COVID-19 vaccine updates.

COVID-19 Testing 

COVID-19 testing remains an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, please get tested. Call Columbus Public Health (CPH) at 614-645-1519 for an appointment, or find a list of CPH testing sites here.  Testing is also available at many local pharmacies, urgent care centers and hospital systems.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts answers you vaccine questions


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

March 2021 Update

  • Vaccine Eligibility Open to Ages 16+
  • COVID-19 Testing remains an important tool
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • CDC guidance for people who are fully vaccinated
  • Get COVID-19 text updates
  • Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two

February 2021 Update

  • Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates -- Text VaxCbus to 888777
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers 
  • Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two opens
  • Support local businesses with Worthington Dollars e-Gift Card
  • State Curfew & Stay at Home Advisory expire
  • Vaccine Updates
  • Identity Theft Warnings
  • Worthington Tops 1,000 total COVID-19 cases

January 2021 Update

  • State curfew time shifts later as hospitalizations go down
  • Vaccine updates - Phase 1B eligibility
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Stay at Home Advisory and State Curfew extended
  • Health Commissioner answers your vaccine questions (video)

December 2020 Update

  • Stay at Home Advisory and State of Ohio Curfew extended to January 23, 2021
  • Local emergency medical responders receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Healthy holiday reminders
  • ReBOOT Grant Funding distributed to Worthington small businesses and non-profits
  • Stay at Home Advisory and State of Ohio Curfew extended to January 2, 2021
  • Ohio vaccine distribution plan
  • Shop small and support local during the holidays
  • Franklin County moves to red level in Ohio public health advisory system

November 2020 Update

  • COVID-19 Cases continue to climb
  • Franklin County elevated to the highest level (purple) on the State's public health advisory system with extreme community spread
  • Holiday travel & small gathering advisories
  • Stay-at-home advisory & State curfew issued
  • Non-profit and Business ReBOOT Grants available
  • Shop Local this holiday season
  • Parks & Recreation programming updates
  • Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Cancelled
  • Worthington Farmers Market moves indoors with additional health protocols in place for safe shopping

October 2020 Update

  • COVID-19 Cases Continue in Record Numbers
  • Mental Health and Financial Concerns top Community Survey Findings
  • Flu Shot Opportunities & Worthington Flu Shot Clinics
  • COVID-19 Worthington Case Numbers Show increasing Community Spread
  • COVID-19 Prevention at the Polls

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