Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health issued a mask advisory July 22, 2022 urging everyone to wear a mask indoors and in crowded areas regardless of vaccine status until further notice. The advisory follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for an area with high community transmission level for COVID-19.
The CDC Community Transmission Level for Franklin County is high based on the county-wide case rate and hospital metrics. The case rate in Franklin County is now 214 per 100,000. New hospital admissions were 10.7 percent with 3.7 percent of patients in staffed in-patient beds confirmed with COVID-19. As of July 18, the positivity rate in Franklin County is 19.8 percent.
“Protecting ourselves and our community from COVID-19 takes a multi-layered approach,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and boosted. Wearing a mask and testing if you’re sick also will help slow down the spread.”
The advisory is not an order and it is being placed to urge people to wear a mask in public places. There are no plans for a mandated mask order at this time.
Columbus Public Health offers all COVID-19 vaccines and boosters on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday at Columbus Public Health. For hours and to learn more, visit https://www.columbus.gov/c19vax/.