May 11 - 17 Updates

May 15 - Parks & Recreation Facility and Program Update 

On Thursday, May 14, Governor Mike DeWine outlined reopening dates for a number of facilities and activities, including recreational facilities, limited/no-contact sports, and day camps, all of which are offered by the City of Worthington. The dates announced by the State indicate when facilities are eligible to reopen if they meet state protocols and safety guidelines. The protocols were released on Friday, May 15th. 

The City of Worthington has been working hard to have plans in place to re-open facilities and resume programming when it is safe to do so. We will be working diligently over the next several days to review the new State protocols and compare them to the plans we have developed. We are prepared to make adjustments to align our plan with State protocols and will carefully review the standards with health experts and local officials, while we prepare our staff and acquire necessary equipment and supplies.

As of today (5/15) we do not know a specific date for when we may reopen our facilities, or if it will align with the date announced by state leaders. Once we evaluate the protocols and finalize our plans, we hope to make an announcement by the end of the next week that will identify our timeline and approach to reopening. When we are able to reopen, these safety measures already in place at a limited number of open City facilities, as well as others required by State protocols, are expected to be in place.

Facilities and programs being considered include the Community Center, sports fields, various park facilities and amenities, recreation programming, and summer camps. Summer camps were cancelled since our normal camp offerings needed to be altered significantly to meet the new safety guidelines. Our ability to offer those camps as originally advertised was not going to be possible.

Parks and Recreation Staff will be reviewing the new guidelines for summer camps and deciding whether we can effectively meet the new protocols and open revised summer camp options for parents. There has not been a clarification given on senior centers at this point so we do not have any updates on the Griswold Center.

We will continue to provide information on our website as more details become available. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to responsibly bring back facilities and programs under the new standards.

May 15 - No increases in Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

CPH-FCPH report graphic Opens in new window

Worthington did not see any increases in the number of cases or deaths today, May 15, 2020. We remain at 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths reported of Worthington residents, 11 of which are Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 15, 2020, there are 3,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 121 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.  See the weekly report combining Columbus and Franklin County statistics, including data on age, race, gender, hospitalizations, long term care facility cases and zip codes. 

Weekly Report - 5/15/2020

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 14 (updated 5/15 with additional protocol links)
Governor DeWine announces Reopening Dates for Daycares, Gyms and other facilities

Governor Mike DeWine outlined reopening plans, policies, and procedures for a number of facilities including child care, campgrounds, and other recreational facilities today. See dates when these facilities are eligible to reopen below including links to guidelines, if available. All reopenings are contingent on the ability to meet safety protocols for social distancing and sanitization. 

The City of Worthington will review the guidelines and protocols to determine our ability to safely meet health standards before reopening any City recreation facilities. We will update information here when it is available.  

Find more information on the Responsible Restart Ohio plan and other coronavirus resources here

May 14 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 14, 2020, there are 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths reported of Worthington residents, 11 of which are Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be shared with the loved ones of these Worthington residents. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 14, 2020, there are 3,345 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 116 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 13 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 13, 2020, there are 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths reported of Worthington residents, 11 of which are Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. The confirmed case numbers rose significantly from the previous day because universal testing is now taking place in long term care facilities. This means that every resident and staff member is tested regardless of whether they are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or not.  

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 13, 2020, there are 3,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 114 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

Staying Connected Check-in Service for Older Adults

Facebook banner1To help ensure that older Ohioans stay connected while staying at home, the Ohio Department of Aging has a new service to provide a daily check-in by phone option for Ohioans age 60 or older.

The Staying Connected program will call older adults who sign up for the service during a predetermined window of time. When participants answer the phone, they will be asked to respond via touch-tone to confirm that they are OK or to access live support.

If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services. The service can be canceled at any time.

Eligible Ohioans can sign up at aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-800-266-4346.

Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance.

May 12 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 12, 2020, there are 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 13 deaths reported of Worthington residents. We are now able to share that 11 of those deaths were residents 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 May 12, 2020, there are 3,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 108 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 11 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 11, 2020, there are 56 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 13 deaths reported of Worthington residents. We are now able to share that 11 of those deaths were residents 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 May 11, 2020, there are 3,039 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 95 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 11 - State Guidance for Daycare Opening Delayed

Governor Mike DeWine stated that there would be no update today about a plan to reopen daycare centers, as he had indicated last week. Governor DeWine says they will not move forward until there is a plan in place with protocols that are science and safety-based. They continue to work with a task force to identify protocols that focus on the safety of children, their families, and employees. 

See State of Ohio Coronavirus Information and Resources