May 4 - May 10 Updates

May 8 - City of Worthington outlines Initial Reopening Plan

The City of Worthington is releasing a plan to reopen limited City offices to the public in the coming days and weeks. The plan was developed based on guidance from public health experts and State of Ohio and U.S. government directives. The plan will continue to be refined as the situation evolves based on health advice and best practice guidelines.

Even as some locations begin to reopen, we still encourage you to conduct business with the City virtually whenever possible by calling, emailing, or on the City website at worthington.org 

Beginning Monday, May 11

The lobbies of the Municipal Building, Planning & Building, and Service & Engineering will reopen to the public during regular business hours, which vary by location. Some operations may require appointments, while others may allow for walk-in traffic. A limited number of employees who interact with the public will be returning to the office. Most employees will continue working from home. See detailed information by location and department about conducting business both in person and virtually.

Safety measures in all locations include:

  • People who are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms must not enter the building and should contact their healthcare provider.
  • All members of the public are strongly advised to wear a mask or face covering when entering the building and interacting with employees.
  • Employees are required to wear masks or face coverings according to state guidelines.
  • Expanded cleaning will be conducted, with all high touch surface areas being cleaned at least twice daily.
  • Plexiglass barriers are installed at public counters.
  • Visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Hand sanitizer stations are available.
  • All lobbies will have marked indicators for safe social distancing in public areas.
  • Signage will inform and instruct the public on safety precautions in place at each location.

The following conditions are in effect beginning May 11 and until further notice. There is no timeline for when we might transition to higher staffing levels in City facilities. Any subsequent decisions and changes in operations will be made according to the changing situation and public health guidelines.

See Department specific operation plans here.

May 8 - Joint Announcement about the Postponement of 4th of July Community Activities

Fireworks postponedThe Worthington 4th of July Family Picnic and Fireworks is being postponed for 2020. The decision comes as part of a joint announcement from the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association and other regional municipalities. “This was a difficult decision because we know how important these special community events are to our residents,” said Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson. “But after examining the safety risks in partnership with health experts, and in consultation with communities throughout central Ohio, we know this is the right decision to protect the health and safety of our communities.” Learn more about contingency plans and alternative ideas for recognizing 4th of July and Memorial Day in Worthington. View the full Worthington event announcement here.

May 8 - Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published

CPH-FCPH report graphic Opens in new windowAs of May 8, 2020, there are currently 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, ten deaths reported in Worthington. We are now able to share that seven of those deaths were Worthington residents in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of 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 May 8, 2020, there are currently 2,804 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been 79 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. See the weekly report combining Columbus and Franklin County statistics, including data on age, race, gender, hospitalizations, long term care facility cases and zip codes. 

View the 5/8/2020 Report

See more information from Columbus Public Health

May 7 - Governor DeWine announces Reopening Plan for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

Governor Mike DeWine outlined plans, policies and procedures for a number of business reopenings today. See dates, descriptions and more information about each sector below. 

Governor DeWine said he would make an announcement about daycare facilities on Monday, May 11.

Find more information on the Responsible Restart Ohio plan and other coronavirus resources here

May 7 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 7, 2020, there are 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, ten deaths reported of Worthington residents. We are now able to share that seven of those deaths were Worthington residents in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of 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 May 7, 2020, there are 2,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 79 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

See more information from Columbus Public Health

May 6 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 6, 2020, there are 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, nine deaths reported of Worthington residents. We are now able to share that six of those deaths have been residents 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 May 6, 2020, there are 2,587 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 73 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

More daily updates with additional long term care and Worthington specific data are now posted by CPH. 

See more information from Columbus Public Health

May 4 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 4, 2020, there are 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six deaths reported in Worthington. Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 4, 2020, there are 2,390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 58 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

See more information from Columbus Public Health