March 2021 Updates

CPH VACCINE OPTIONSMarch 29 - Vaccine Eligibility Open to Ages 16+

All people age 16 and up are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or can be made through primary care providers and hospital systems or public health agencies.

People 16 and 17 years old must have parental consent for any vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian to receive a vaccine. People under 18 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are indicated for those 18 and up.

March 29 - COVID-19 Testing 

COVID-19 testing remains an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, please get tested. Call Columbus Public Health (CPH) at 614-645-1519 for an appointment, or find a list of CPH testing sites here. 

Testing is also available at many local pharmacies, urgent care centers and hospital systems. 

March 29 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 29, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,080 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of March 29, 2021, there are 83,245 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,014 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Learn more and see all situation updates here


ODH new phases 40 and 16 and upMarch 19 - Vaccine Eligibility Expands

Starting Friday, March 19, 2021, people age 40 and up, as well as those with specific health conditions, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All Ohioans 16+ will be eligible by the end of March. 

Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Appointments can also be made through primary care providers and hospital systems, or through public health agencies. 

March 19 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 19, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,076 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of March 19, 2021, there are 81,780 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 994 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Learn more and see all situation updates here

March 16 - Vaccine Eligibility Expands

Starting Friday, March 19, 2021, people age 40 and up, as well as those with specific health conditions, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All Ohioans 16+ will be eligible by the end of March. 

Right now people 50+ are eligible. Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Appointments can also be made through primary care providers and hospital systems, or through public health agencies. 

March 16 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 16, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of March 16, 2021, there are 81,348 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 989 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

March 11 - Vaccine Eligibility opens for People 50+

People age 50 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A mass vaccination pop-up clinic is scheduled to begin March 18th at St. John's Arena on the OSU campus. Appointments for this event, and other providers, will be available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Appointments can also be made through primary care providers and hospital systems, or through public health agencies. 

Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates - Text VaxCbus to 888777

March 11 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 11, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,057 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of March 11, 2021, there are 80,727 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 987 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

March 8 - People age 50+ will be vaccine eligible on March 11

Vaccine availability is expanding this week, with people age 50 and over being eligible to receive the vaccine beginning Thursday, March 11. People with Type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease were also added to the priority group beginning Thursday. 

The State's central scheduling portal is now open to people in current priority groups. https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

As of March 4, 2021, people 60 and over became eligible, along with people of all ages who work in child care services, funeral services, law enforcement and corrections. People with Type 1 diabetes, who are pregnant, bone marrow recipients, or living with ALS also became eligible. People can register to receive their vaccine through primary care providers, hospital systems, pharmacies and public health departments. 

Search the Ohio Department of Health vaccine provider list by county and zip code. 

Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates - Text VaxCbus to 888777

March 8 - CDC Guidance for People who are Fully Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. 
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • In public, you should still wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. 

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Learn more from the CDC

March 3 - Vaccine Priority Group 1C and Phase 2 Opens for 60+

Beginning Thursday, March 4, 2021, new groups of people will be eligible for the vaccine. Phase 1C includes individuals who are living with Type 1 diabetes, pregnant, bone marrow recipients, and living with ALS. Phase 1C also includes people working in childcare services, funeral services, law enforcement and corrections officers. Phase 2 begins, which means all people 60 years of age and older are eligible. Eligible residents can access vaccines from primary care providers, hospital systems, pharmacies and public health departments. 

Although providers are expected to continue receiving new supplies, the number of doses still remains limited. People who are eligible are advised to check with their primary care provider and hospital system first as that may be a more convenient option. 

Search the Ohio Department of Health vaccine provider list by county and zip code. 

The Public Healthy systems will update their websites and open registration when vaccine supply is available. 

Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates - Text VaxCbus to 888777

Columbus Public Health is launching a new text message system for Columbus and Worthington residents to get the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability for eligible groups. People can text “VaxCbus” to 888777 to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates. The Columbus Public Health website and social media accounts will continue to be updated with the latest information on the vaccine.  

ODH 1C phase
ODH Phase 2 announcement

March 3 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 3, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 51 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 47 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of March 3, 2021, there are 79,667 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 956 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

Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two

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Several months ago, we conducted a community coronavirus survey and now, nearly a year into the ongoing pandemic, we want to check in once more to learn how you and your family are managing. Even if you completed the previous survey, we hope you will take it again to update us on how the situation may have changed for you since the start of the new year. 

As a token of our appreciation, when you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing for a Worthington Community Center day pass (100 available).

The information you share will be used to help the City of Worthington and other organizations serving the greater Worthington area to understand the continuing impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the people in our community. Your responses, along with the responses of others in our community, will help us to identify current areas of need and continue to guide our response to this ongoing crisis.

We will not ask for any information that would personally identify you. The survey should take you about 12 minutes to complete. The last day to take the survey will be Sunday, March 21.

This survey is presented in partnership with the City of Worthington, Community Relations Commission, Griswold Center, I Am Boundless, McConnell Arts Center, Northwest Counseling Services, United Methodist Church, Worthington Libraries, Worthington Parks & Recreation, Worthington Resource Pantry, and Worthington Schools.