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)

January 22 - Stay at Home Advisory and Curfew Extended

CPH stay at home extended to 2-6-2021The Columbus and Franklin County Public Health Stay at Home Advisory has been extended for two more weeks until February 6, 2021. The Stay at Home Advisory coincides with Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the statewide 10pm to 5am curfew due to continuing high case numbers and community spread. The revised curfew order is in place through January 30, 2021. Residents are advised to continue to stay at home to the greatest extent possible and to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.

“Our case numbers have been moving in the right direction, but they remain very high,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “While we work to vaccinate and protect the public in the coming weeks, we must continue what we are doing to maintain this downward trend and make sure it keeps moving in the right direction.” 

“The next two weeks are another opportunity for our community to make progress to slow the spread of the virus,” said Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola. “When residents do need to leave their home, we ask that they remain vigilant and always wear their mask, watch their distance from others, and wash their hands frequently to ensure they keep themselves and others safe.”

The Stay at Home Advisory will remain in place until February 6, 2021 or until both health departments determine a change to the guidance is appropriate.

January 22- Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of January 22, 2021, the City of Worthington has 913 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of January 22, 2021, there are 71,506 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 529 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health

January 22 - Vaccine Updates

Supply of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be limited. Public health departments, primary care providers, and local pharmacies are scheduling appointments for people who are eligible in this current Phase 1B as their supply allows. 

Search here for providers by county and zip code. Each provider is managing its own reservation system.   

Depending on available supply, the vaccine will be available to the following age groups according to this tentative schedule:

  • Week of January 19 - 80 years of age and older
  • Week of January 25 - 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • Week of February 1 - 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools remaining or returning to in-person or hybrid models.
  • Week of February 8 - 65 years of age and older.
  • As the weeks progress the previous age groups are still eligible to receive the vaccine moving forward. 

Columbus Public Health & Franklin County Public Health 

Columbus and Franklin County Public Health have a limited supply of vaccine and may pause scheduling of appointments based on current supply conditions. Check for the latest updates on social media or through the links below. 

January 19 - Important update from Columbus Public Health

As of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Columbus Public Health has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses and can begin scheduling again for eligible residents in Phase 1A or those 80 years of age or older in Phase 1B. Call 614-645-1519 to schedule an appointment (open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday).

We encourage eligible residents to check and see if their primary care provider, hospital system or pharmacy have vaccine and sign up that way if that is a more convenient option. See a list of other providers here: https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

January 19 - What you Need to Know about Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution

  • Vaccination Phase 1B begins January 18 for people 80+
  • Search the Ohio Department of Health online tool for a list of Phase 1B vaccine providers. The list is searchable by county and zip code. You will need to contact providers directly to schedule according to the posted guidelines for each provider. 
  • Health officials recommend calling your primary care provider and hospital system first, as they may have more availability based on their hospital system affiliation. Many primary care providers have reached out to their patients who qualify. This may be a more convenient option as the public health options may fill up very quickly. 
  • As of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Columbus Public Health has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses and can begin scheduling again for eligible residents in Phase 1A or those 80 years of age or older in Phase 1B. Call 614-645-1519 to schedule an appointment  
  • Local pharmacies may have availability. These locations are also listed on the Ohio Health Department website.  
  • Currently, there is more demand than supply, but vaccination distribution will continue to grow as supply increases.

See full State of Ohio Vaccine Details here

ODH Vaccine 1B with age dates

Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts answers you vaccine questions


January 14 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of January 14, 2021, the City of Worthington has 863 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of January 14, 2021, there are 67,999 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 525 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

More Columbus Public Health reports and resources

Stay at home graphic to 1-23-21Stay at Home Advisory and Curfew Remain in Effect

The Columbus/Franklin County Public Health Stay at Home Advisory remains in effect until January 23, 2021. The Stay at Home Advisory coincides with Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the statewide 10pm to 5am curfew due to continuing high case numbers and community spread. The extension is allowing Ohio and local health officials to determine how a post-holiday case surge impacts hospital capacity. 

Residents are advised to stay at home to the greatest extent possible and to only leave home to go to work, school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and to pick up food. Residents also are strongly advised not to gather with people who do not live in your household, not to travel, stay home and stay safe. If you must go out, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and stay at least six feet away from others.

January 9- Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of January 9, 2021, the City of Worthington has 836 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of January 9, 2021, there are 65,265 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 525 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health

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

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