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As public health continues to be threatened by a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the City of Worthington has joined the City of Columbus and other central Ohio communities in instituting a face covering requirement for all publicly accessible indoor locations. The requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Worthington City Council passed Ordinance 45-2021 at its September 13, 2021 meeting requiring the wearing of face coverings to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and declaring an emergency. The ordinance will be in effect for six months or until it is rescinded. Council will continue to receive monthly situation updates from our health agency, Columbus Public Health, and evaluate current conditions in determining when the requirement might be lifted. Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts informed City Council that she would recommend lifting the requirement if Franklin County had four consecutive weeks in the CDC’s yellow (moderate transmission) category, which is less than 50 new COVID cases per 100,000 people.
The ordinance requires all people ages three and over within the City of Worthington to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in indoor areas accessible to the public and when traveling on public transportation. There are exceptions for people who cannot wear face coverings because of medical or mental health conditions, developmental disabilities or other instances based on CDC guidance.
Enforcement will be complaint driven and enforced by Columbus Public Health. Warnings may be issued first, with the goal of educating those not wearing masks about the importance of masking for public health, protecting themselves and those around them. Second and subsequent violations may result in fines. Complaints can be submitted by calling 614-645-3111 or email email@example.com.
If visitors to City buildings do not have a mask, they will be provided one at the front counter at each location.
As of September 15, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 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 September 15, 2021, there are 104,638 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,149 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.
Franklin County remains at the highest level red in the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) data tracker for high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. See the CDC map here
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