December 2020 Updates
December 31 - Local Emergency Medical Responders receive COVID-19 Vaccine
City of Worthington Firefighters/Paramedics have received the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. Worthington first responders received the Moderna vaccine, which was administered by our partners with Columbus Public Health over the past several days. The Moderna vaccine requires a second injection in about 28 days. Firefighter/paramedics are included in the first group of people in Ohio to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1A in the state's vaccine distribution plan.
December 30 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
December 23 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Healthy Holiday Reminders
December 18 - ReBOOT Grant Funding Distributed to Worthington Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Worthington small businesses and non-profit organizations have been hit especially hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. In response to these needs, Worthington City Council recently approved $400,000 in total funding, made possible by CARES Act awards from the federal government, to support the creation of two grant programs. The goal for these grant programs was to make the largest impact possible and to do it quickly. Learn more and hear from some of the recipients here.
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.
As of Thursday, December 17, 2020 Franklin County remains at level 3, or red, on the state's public health advisory system.
December 18 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
December 17 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
December 16 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Ohio has begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines to critical groups across Ohio as part of Phase 1A. In this early vaccination phase, the focus is on the most at risk, as well as essential healthcare workers and those caring for COVID-19 patients. The vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19 and to decrease the severity of illness in people who catch this virus. Wider distribution will come in future phases.
December 11 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Shop Small and Support Local
The 2020 holiday season is looking and feeling different than any other we’ve experienced. This year, one way to act big is to actually think small. Thinking small and local can go a long way in helping others in our community.
As you are checking the items off your holiday shopping list, we ask that you keep your dollars here in Worthington by supporting small local businesses, local community organizations and by remembering your neighbors who might need some extra support during this challenging year. Read more in this month's Worthy Point of View in This Week News
December 10 - Governor Extends Curfew and Unveils Stay Safe Ohio Protocols
On December 10, 2020 Governor DeWine announced that he is extending the 10pm to 5am curfew for 21 more days, until January 2, 2021. Residents are urged to stay home, unless they must leave for work, school, or to obtain food and essential services. If you must leave your home remember to always wear your mask, remain at least six feet from others around you, do not gather with people outside of your immediate household, and wash your hands frequently. Non-essential travel is discouraged.
Governor DeWine also unveiled new Stay Safe Ohio Protocols, which were developed in partnership with medical professionals across the state to inform Ohioans how to safely live with the virus.
As of Thursday, December 10, 2020 Franklin County remains at level 3, or red, on the state's public health advisory system. This means we are at a very high risk of exposure and spread.
December 4 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Franklin County moves to Red Level
On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that Franklin County has moved from purple to red on the state's public health advisory system. Public health experts remind us that this does not mean Franklin County residents are at less risk of COVID-19. Health Commissioners Dr. Mysheika Roberts and Joe Mazzola shared in a statement, "We find ourselves in an elevated plateau – meaning we are currently holding at considerably high levels of new cases, hospitalizations, ICU bed occupancy and outpatient visits. Cases remain very high at 627 cases per 100,000 residents, compared to a month ago when the average was only 267. Our positivity rate also now stands at 18 percent -- up from 14 percent just one week ago. We must remain vigilant to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community to protect the health of those we love, preserve our health care system and allow us the additional time needed until a vaccine is widely available.
The Columbus and Franklin County Stay at Home Advisory remains in effect until December 18 and we urge everyone to stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work, school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up. Residents also are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes and to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals both indoors and outside, and to avoid traveling. As a reminder, if you do go out, always wear a mask, keep a six-foot social distance from others and wash your hands often. Be sure to continue to follow the retail mask requirement and curfew orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health. In Franklin County, we are at a critical time and we all are on the frontlines of this fight against COVID-19. Please join us to protect the health of our community."
Governor Outlines Ohio Vaccination Plan
On Friday, December 4, 2020, Governor DeWine outlined details for Ohio's first phase of vaccine distribution that is expected to begin on or around December 15. During Phase 1, Ohio will focus on vaccinating those in the critical Phase 1A groups. See details of the distribution plan here.
Shop Local this Holiday Season
Worthington's small locally owned businesses need your help this holiday season. It is more important than ever to shop local. Worthington’s small business community is a diverse mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants, services, and experiences - all of which have creatively pivoted to bring you a safe and easy way to get all your shopping done online, over the phone, or virtually!
Take a look at Worthington's Shop Small web page to find ideas and links for how you can keep your dollars in your community, and help your neighbors’ businesses.