Current Situation Updates

Some administrative City offices are now open to the public

See a full list of facility and service updates here

Parks and Recreation Facility Updates

Scroll down to view previous situation updates and weekly digests tracking updates since mid-March. (links also to the left)

We’re excited to share that many of our businesses have reopened! Follow the signs and support local businesses.

We're Open

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

July 6 - 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.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health  

June 29 - 4th of July Family Fun

Even though we can’t all come together for our traditional 4th of July celebration in Worthington this year, there are many fun ways you can celebrate Independence Day with your family while staying safe at home. The City has developed a weekend full of activities to celebrate the 4th, including a Light the Night luminary walk. Use the hashtag #worthington4thfun when posting your pictures to social media to enter our patriotic photo contest. Celebrate 2020 style with a Homefront 4th of July!

home front fourth of july

June 29 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of June 29, 2020, the City of Worthington has at 157 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 26 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 25 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 June 29, 2020, there are 7,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 312 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health  

June 26 - Reopening Updates

Community Center Phase 1 - Fitness Reopening Expands

Phase 1 reopening of the Community Center will expand on Monday, June 29th. Visitors will no longer need to register and the Center reopens to people without memberships. See full details here

The Community Center is excited to offer in-person group fitness classes, adhering to the recommended guidelines from the Department of Health. Classes start Monday, and you must pre-register. Use the link below to find offerings and register for your favorite class! Please read class descriptions to learn about purchasing punch cards and one-time drop-in passes.

Visit the Community Center page

McConnell Arts Center gallery reopens

The McConnell Arts Center is now open limited open gallery hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Online exhibits and programs will also continue. Learn more from the MAC online. 

Worthington Libraries Update

Worthington Libraries is reopening in phases. As part of their commitment to keeping staff and patrons safe as they continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, they are offering several no-contact and low-contact limited services, including curbside pickup, drive-up window and after-hours pickup lockers. Learn more here

Tracking Dashboard of COVID-19 cases in Worthington, Franklin County, and Ohio

Click on the different areas of the chart and map below to view more detailed information. 

View additional Worthington Demographics and Community Characteristics here.

Ohio Department of Health Case Dashboard

Weekly Digest of Previous News and Updates

June 8 - 14 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Parks & Recreation announce more reopening dates
    • Playgrounds open June 10
    • Restrooms open June 15
    • Ball fields open June 15 in conjunction with local sports organizations.
  • Farmers Market expands in-person shopping in new location
  • Details on Free COVID-19 Testing available throughout central Ohio
  • Worthington ReBOOT and We’re Open business reopening campaigns announced

June 1 - 7 Updates

  • Worthington Playgrounds will Reopen June 10
  • Community Center Fitness Floor Open by Reservation June 3
  • Godown Dog Park Reopened June 1
  • Governor Announces Additional Sector Reopening Dates
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report

May 25 - 31 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Community Center Fitness Floor and Dog Park Reopening Details
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Governor Announces Updates to Assisted Living Visitation, County Fairs, and more...
  • Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts and Skatepark reopen May 27

May 18 - 24 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Reopening Timeline
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Case Report
  • Memorial Day Health Reminders
  • Worthington Memorial Day Recognition
  • Indoor Dining Reopens at Area Restaurants
  • State Announces Additional Reopening Protocols
  • Swiminc Announces Closure of Worthington Pools for 2020 season
  • Governor DeWine releases "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory"
  • Worthington Libraries begins Phased Reopening
  • Special This Week News Column about City Facility Reopenings by City Manager Matt Greeson

May 11 - 17 Updates

  • Parks & Recreation Facility Program Update
  • Governor Announces Reopening Dates for Daycares, Day Camps, Gyms and other facilities
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Staying Connected Check-In Service for Older Adults
  • Daily COVID-19 Case Updates

May 4 - May 10 Updates

  • City of Worthington outlines Initial Reopening Plan
  • Joint Announcement about the Postponement of 4th of July Community Activities
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Governor Announces Reopening Plan for Restaurants, Bars and Salons
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

April 27 - May 3 Updates

  • Worthington Libraries Updates
  • State Issues New "Stay Safe Ohio" Orders
  • City of Worthington Drafting Reopening Plans
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Worthington Concerts on the Green Cancelled through June
  • State of Ohio Revises Requirements for Face Coverings
  • First Responders Share Appreciation for Donations

April 20 - April 26 Updates

  • More City Boards and Commissions schedule Virtual Meetings
  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Salute to Volunteers for National Volunteers Week
  • City of Worthington Proclamation of a State of Civil Emergency Extended
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • View 4/20/2020 Worthington City Council COVID-19 Briefing
  • Memorial Day Parade cancelled for May 25th 
  • Schools will Remain Closed through the Rest of the Academic Year

April 13 - April 19 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • A video message from the Worthington Division of Fire & EMS
  • Planning & Building is here to help - video
  • State and National Mask Guidelines
  • Messages of Thanks and Hope:
    • Message from the City Manager
    • Recognizing our Communications Technicians
    • Uplifting the Community with Music
    • Ohio’s Strive for Five Challenge
    • Greetings from the Griswold Center
  • City Council meeting streaming
  • Columbus Public Health Extends Emergency Declaration
  • Worthington Arts Festival Cancelled for 2020

April 6 - 12 Updates

  • Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
  • Help Keep our Parks Healthy and Safe -- Do’s and Don’ts
  • Police Chief Robert Ware shares Thanks with our Community Heroes
  • Virtual City Council meeting planned for Monday, April 13
  • Worthington confirmed cases remain at six
  • New State Health Order Updated
  • Worthington Police Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hyperion Materials and Technologies donates N95 masks to the Division of Fire
  • In case you missed it... watch the April 6, 2020 City Council Meeting and COVID-19 situation update from Columbus Public Health
  • CDC Face Covering Recommendation

March 30 - April 5 Updates

  • Video Message from Parks & Recreation Director Darren Hurley
  • Godown Dog Park Closes
  • Virtual City Council Meeting planned for April 6, 2020
  • State of Ohio issues new Stay at Home order through May 1
  • Beware of Scams
  • SuperGames Donates Face Shields for First Responders
  • How to support local restaurants and businesses
  • Parks facility closures include tennis courts, the skatepark and more
  • Back to school date extended and Worthington cases updated

March 23 - 29 Updates

  • Worthington statement about Stay at Home order and City Action to Declare a State of Emergency
  • Worthington reports four confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Parks & Recreation Facilities closed - playgrounds, athletic fields, pickleball, basketball courts, parks restrooms
  • School playgrounds, tracks and fields are closed
  • Absentee voting period set through April 28
  • Worthington reports first two confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Worthington Fire & EMS responders increase use of personal protective equipment
  • Yard waste drop off service is closed
  • Columbus Public Health case update

March 16 - March 22 Updates

  • Stay at Home Order issued
  • Ohio reports first COVID-19 related death
  • Worthington Fire & EMS activates substation at Community Center
  • State Orders updated to include more service-related businesses
  • Columbus Public Health reports a second confirmed COVID-19 case
  • Polls closed for public health emergency
  • Worthington City Council meeting featuring update from Columbus Health Commissioner

March 12 - March 15 Updates

  • State order closing bars and prohibition dining-in at restaurants
  • City Council information for 3/16/2020 meeting
  • Columbus Public Health reports first COVID-19 case in jurisdiction
  • Columbus Public Health declares public health emergency
  • Governor orders mass events cancelled and schools closed