Current Situation Updates
April 3, 2020 - Parks Updates
See the video message from Parks & Recreation Director about how to enjoy Worthington’s parks during this period of social distancing. (right)
Godown Dog Park to Close
After consultation with our partners from Columbus Recreation and Parks, we are going to close Godown Dog Park due to social distancing concerns related to COVID-19. The dog park is very popular and continues to attract large crowds and while some spacing is possible, we are observing many who are not and access to the park requires touching of two gates at any entrance which is another concern for patrons. The closure will be in effect first thing tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 4 and will be until further notice.
Virtual City Council Meeting planned for Monday, April 6
Due to Stay at Home Orders and the cancellation of public gatherings, the April 6, 2020 Worthington City Council meeting will be held virtually. Council members and City staff will connect through the Microsoft Teams application and the entire meeting will be streamed online at Worthington.org/live.
The public has two options for providing comments. First, comments can be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be read by the Clerk of Council during the meeting. Another option is to call in with comments. The number to call is 567-249-0063. You will be asked to enter your conference ID, which is 894-456-406. Telephone comments will be taken in the order in which they are received. Callers should be aware that there is a 25-second delay in the live stream online. Callers should turn their computer audio down when it is their turn to speak. April 6, 2020 Agenda Packet
April 2, 2020 - State of Ohio issues new Stay at Home order effective through May 1
Governor Mike DeWine is extending the Ohio Stay at Home Order through at least May 1. The Order, which was signed by State Health Commissioner Dr. Amy Acton, will take effect Monday night when the previous order is due to expire. The new order is similar but does contain some updates, including direction for people traveling from out of Ohio into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.
View the New Stay at Home Order here
Virtual City Council Meeting planned for April 6th
The Worthington City Council is continuing to meet virtually during this time of social distancing. Council members will be meeting on Monday, April 6th via Microsoft Teams. The meeting will be streamed live beginning at 7:30 here: https://www.worthington.org/live
If you would like to submit comments on agenda items, or items not on the agenda, please email them in advance of the meeting to email@example.com. A telephone number will be provided on the Our Government page for individuals that would like to submit comments via telephone. Please include your name and address with your comments.
See the new dashboard below tracking daily 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.
April 1, 2020
Beware of Scams
Fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic could give rise to an outbreak of scams. Officials are warning to be aware of possible scams that aim to take advantage of you during this crisis. Report COVID-19 fraud by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 866-720-5721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See additional information and resources from the Ohio Attorney General’s office
See scam alert information from AEP Ohio
SuperGames Donates Face Shields for First Responders
Many thanks to Worthington business SuperGames for getting much needed safety gear in the hands of our Worthington first responders. SuperGames is a 501 3-C nonprofit corporation with a Board of Trustees that specializes in large family events for schools colleges, and city recreation departments. During this pandemic emergency, Gary Moore, of SuperGames, is shifting gears from special events to helping to distribute face shields to protect emergency crews from the threat of COVID-19 when working out in the field. Moore’s brother Tim, who owns Waterford Signs in Delaware, Ohio, manufactures the shields, which have also been donated to area first responders. Gary Moore purchased the shields from Waterford Signs and donated them to the Worthington Division of Fire and EMS. The equipment is now housed on our medic vehicles, to be used in conjunction with existing masks and glasses. Not only will the face shields offer more protection, but they may help extend the life of safety masks. When Moore dropped off the face shields he stayed “socially distant” and did not get in the photo. Pictured L. to R.: Firefighter/Paramedic Billy Rings; Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Fredieu; Lieutenant Mark Lundy
March 31, 2020
Due to continued social distancing concerns, additional Worthington Parks and Recreation facilities are now closed. Today, all tennis courts and the skate park are closed to prevent large gatherings of people, which increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. The Godown Dog Park is under observation and we are working with our partners at the City of Columbus to evaluate whether this facility should also be closed. We remind you to please be vigilant in practicing social distancing and do not gather in groups. This puts our entire community at risk.
To date, the following parks facilities are closed:
- Godown Dog Park closed as of 4/4/2020
- Tennis Courts
- Basketball Courts
- Pickleball Courts
- Sports Fields (baseball and soccer)
- Community Center
- Griswold Center
- Selby Park Shelter
Scroll down to the March 26 update for a list of outdoor activities you can do at safe distances, or with your immediate household.
March 30, 2020 - Back to School date extended + Worthington Confirmed Cases Updated
Today Governor DeWine announced that all school districts across Ohio will remain closed to in-person learning through Friday, May 1st. Schools will continue virtual learning until at least May 1st, when the current situation will be reevaluated. Visit Worthington Schools here
Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
As of March 30, 2020, there are currently six confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Worthington. Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of March 30, 2020, there are currently 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Columbus Public Health jurisdiction.
Parks Facility Update
Due to continued social distancing concerns, the Worthington Skatepark at Olentangy Parklands is closed until further notice beginning Tuesday, March 31. The Community Center and Griswold Center will remain closed until further notice.
Tax Deadline Delayed until July 15
The tax deadline for local, state, and federal taxes has been extended until July 15th. See more information and tax resources below.
Week-by-Week Previous News and 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
- 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 second confirmed COVID-19 case
- Polls closed for public health emergency
- Worthington City Council meeting featuring update from Columbus Health Commissioner
- 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