July 6, 2020 - Requirement for Face Coverings
The City of Worthington has instituted a requirement for the wearing of face coverings (masks) effective Tuesday, July 7, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM. This requirement was put in place upon the advice of public health officials and is in response to Franklin County being designated at Risk Level 3 of the four-level Public Health Advisory System. At Level 3, the Ohio Department of Health has determined there is very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus and people are advised to limit activities as much as possible. Franklin County has been placed on a watch list for Level 4 which includes severe exposure and spread.
Additional details regarding the requirement can be found here.
Public Health Advisory System & Risk Level
Governor DeWine announced on July 2 that the Ohio Department of Health has developed a new COVID-19 public health advisory system with four risk levels: yellow, orange, red and purple. The risk levels are based on seven different factors, including: new cases per week; new cases over a rolling seven days; ER visits with COVID-19 symptoms; outpatient complaints with COVID-19 symptoms; percent of cases in non-congregate cases; new hospital admissions; and, ICU bed occupancy.
Franklin County is one of seven counties in the red level (and we are on a watch list for purple), highlighting the importance to all of us to do what we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This risk assessment is a good reminder that the coronavirus is still in our community and we must continue to take steps now to address it. See the advisory system map here.
Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
As of July 6, 2020, the City of Worthington has at 175 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 33 deaths reported of Worthington residents; 32 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.
Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of July 6, 2020, there are 8,215 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 338 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.
|Follow these links for more information and updates|
|Current Situation Updates 7/1/2020|
|Requirement for Face Coverings 7/6/2020|
|City Building and Service Closures 6/26/2020|
|What to do if you are sick 4/29/2020|
|Prevention Tips 4/29/2020|
|Closures and Cancellations 7/1/2020|
|Free COVID-19 Testing and other Resources 6/10/2020|
|Worthington ReBOOT Business Support 6/8/2020|
|Worthington's Community Heroes 4/30/2020|
The City of Worthington is closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and taking steps to slow the spread in coordination with our health service provider, Columbus Public Health (CPH). CPH protects the health and safety of all Worthington residents, through a long-standing contract agreement that names CPH as our public health service provider. All other Franklin County suburbs are represented by Franklin County Public Health.
The City will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of CPH, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as it relates to public spaces, events, and meetings. The health and safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors is of the utmost importance. The City and our community partners are taking extraordinary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Difficult decisions are being made to protect the health and safety of our Worthington community.