December 2020 Updates

Stay at home graphic to 1-23-21December 31 - Stay at Home Advisory and State of Ohio Curfew Extended

Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have extended the Stay at Home Advisory until January 23, 2021. The Stay at Home Advisory coincides with Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the statewide 10 pm to 5am curfew which was expanded due to continuing high case numbers and community spread. The extension will allow Ohio and local health officials to determine if a post-holiday case surge impacts hospital capacity. “While case numbers remain high, the curfew and stay at home advisory are working with cases trending down over the last three weeks,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The COVID vaccine is here and hope is on the horizon for better health and a brighter year. But we must continue what we are doing to maintain this downward trend while we work to get our community vaccinated and protected.” Columbus Public Health is Worthington's contracted health agency.

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.

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

As of December 30, 2020, the City of Worthington has 772 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 they are experiencing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 30, 2020, there are 59,904 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

December 23 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of December 23, 2020, the City of Worthington has 731 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 they are facing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 23, 2020, there are 56,367 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 524 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

Healthy Holiday Reminders

As the Stay at Home Advisory and warnings against travel continue to be shared by health experts, here is some helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control about how you can stay healthy and safe during these winter holidays.

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.

December 18 - Stay at Home Advisory Extended

stay at home order extended 12-17-2020Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have extended the Stay at Home Advisory until January 2, 2021. The Stay at Home Advisory, which began on November 20, was extended due to high case numbers and community spread. It coincides with the Governor's 10pm curfew extension. 

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

As of December 18, 2020, the City of Worthington has 680 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 they are facing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 18, 2020, there are 53,652 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 523 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

December 17 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of December 17, 2020, the City of Worthington has 674 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 they are facing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 17, 2020, there are 52,892 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 523 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

December 16 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of December 16, 2020, the City of Worthington has 656 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 they are facing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 16, 2020, there are 52,052 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 523 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

ODH Vaccination phased plan graphicVaccine Distribution

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.

See additional COVID-19 vaccine information and resources

See the latest coronavirus updates from the State of Ohio

December 11 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of December 11, 2020, the City of Worthington has 618 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 they are facing a difficult holiday season without their loved ones.  

As of December 11, 2020, there are 49,043 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 521 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

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

Ohio Stay Safe Ohio 10 protocols (2)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

As of December 4, 2020, the City of Worthington has 532 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. We know this will be a difficult holiday season for those who have lost loved ones and our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19. 

As of December 4, 2020, there are 42,755 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 516 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

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

Franklin County moves to Red Level

State county map 12-3-2020

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

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shop small graphicShop 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.

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