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.

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November 25 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of November 25, 2020, the City of Worthington has 481 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. We know this will be a difficult holiday season for those who have lost loved ones and our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19. 

As of November 25, 2020, there are 38,013 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 511 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health 

ohio risk county map 11-25-2020Franklin County remains at purple, or level 4, the highest level in the State's public health advisory system. Four Ohio counties are now designated as purple, which means that there is severe exposure and spread of COVID-19 occurring. People are advised to follow all current health orders, safety protocols, and only leave home for essential supplies and services.

As the Stay-at-Home advisory remains in effect in Franklin County, you are reminded to only leave home for essential needs and activities. If you must go out, always wear a mask, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and stay physically distant. Health experts urge you to use good judgment and not gather with friends and family who do not live in your immediate household over the holidays. Remember that a negative COVID-19 test is not a guarantee that you or your family members are COVID-19 free. Due to the incubation period, you could subsequently develop symptoms and be contagious to others around you. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning against any travel this holiday season.

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November 25 -  Non-Profit Community Grant Applications Now Accepted

Based on findings from the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey conducted in August and September, mental health and financial impacts are the top concerns of Worthington citizens. See key findings and the full data report here. 

To help address these concerns, the City of Worthington has created the Community Support & Relief Grant Program to support our local non-profit organizations in addressing the impacts of the pandemic on our community. This program will provide cash grants to eligible not-for-profit organizations for expenses and programming directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 4th. See details and complete the application here.

shop small graphicShop Local this Holiday Season

Worthington's small locally owned businesses need your help this holiday season. It is more important than ever to shop local.  Worthington’s small business community is a diverse mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants, services, and experiences - all of which have creatively pivoted to bring you a safe and easy way to get all your shopping done online, over the phone, or virtually!

Take a look at Worthington's Shop Small web page to find ideas and links for how you can keep your dollars in your community, and help your neighbors’ businesses.

November 20 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

Sadly, another Worthington resident has passed away due to COVID-19. A total of 44 Worthington residents have died, 42 of which were living in long term care settings. Our sympathies go out to the loved ones of these Worthington citizens. As of November 20, 2020, the City of Worthington has 441 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 34,829 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 504 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See the full data report about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health

November 20 - Parks & Recreation Programming Update

Due to the severe risk of COVID-19 in our community and the Franklin County and Columbus Public Health Stay-at-Home Advisory that goes into effect at 6pm on Friday, November 20, all Worthington Parks and Recreation in-person programming will be cancelled starting November 21 and through the advisory period of 28 days.  The Worthington Community Center will remain open at this time and we will continue to evaluate the situation moving forward.  Beginning next week, Parks and Recreation staff will start the process of issuing refunds for all programming. The Griswold Center remains closed at this time.

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November 19 - Franklin County Elevated to Purple with Extreme Community Spread 

Franklin County Purple map 11-19-2020Franklin County has been elevated to purple, or level 4, the highest level in the State's public health advisory system. Franklin County is the first and only county in Ohio to reach this level. The purple designation means that there is severe exposure and spread of COVID-19 occurring. People are advised to follow all current health orders, safety protocols, and only leave home for essential supplies and services. 

Starting tonight at 10pm, the State will be under a "Stay-at-Home Tonight Order," which establishes a curfew between 10pm and 5am for the next 21 days. Certain exceptions apply for seeking essential needs and services. 

Beginning Friday, November 20, at 6pm, Worthington and all of Franklin County will be under a Stay-at-Home advisory for the next 28 days. People are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, and picking up food. If you do have to go out, always wear a mask, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and stay physically distant. The State order and local stay-at-home advisory are in place to slow the extreme rate of spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the impact on our hospital systems.  

Health experts also warn not to gather over the holidays with friends and family who do not live in your immediate household. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also warning against any travel this holiday season. 

November 19 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of November 19, 2020, the City of Worthington has 433 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 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 November 19, 2020, there are 34,312 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 499 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health 

OWP_2020_Holiday-Social-Media-logos (cancelled)Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Cancelled

Due to the Stay-at-Home Advisory and extreme spread of COVID-19, the Worthington Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting scheduled for November 29 have been cancelled. Although this special event is no longer taking place, it is more important than ever to shop local and continue to support our local businesses. Visit experienceworthington.com for more information about how you can shop local and help our small businesses through this challenging time.

The Illuminated Shopping event scheduled on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 is being evaluated.

From the Worthington Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market GraphicThe Worthington Farmers Market will be open, as an essential source for groceries, this Saturday, November 21 from 9 am-12 pm at The Shops at Worthington Place. The health and safety of our customers, our producers, our volunteers, and our staff remain our highest priority. We are committed to our pandemic safety protocols, issued by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, to continue to provide a direct source for local food. Our requirements are enforced through weekly inspections by the City of Columbus Public Health. Masks are required for all guests visiting the Worthington Farmers Market. Capacity into the Market is limited to ensure proper social distancing. And, space between producer stalls has increased to allow for wider aisles and additional space for customers waiting to make their purchases. Our pandemic safety protocol can be found here.

Customers can access the Worthington Farmers Market in a variety of ways. Please visit our website to learn more about our layout, pre-orders, and delivery options. As we do every year, the Worthington Farmers Market will be closed next Saturday after Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 28. We will be back to serve you on Saturday, December 5. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, keep an eye on the Worthington Farmers Market website for any updates or changes to operations.  

November 18 - Stay-at-Home Advisory Issued 

Worthington, and all of Franklin County and Columbus, will be under a Stay-at-Home advisory beginning Friday, November 20 at 6pm. With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising at alarming rates, we are at a critical point and must act now to stop the spread and reduce the impact on our hospital systems. 

The advisory, issued today by our health partners with Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health, begins Friday at 6pm and continues for 28 days. People are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, and picking up food. This advisory supplements the previous orders and curfew announced by Governor DeWine earlier this week. 

Do not gather for the holidays with friends and family not in your immediate household. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay physically distant. We must all do the right thing. Read the advisory here.

November 18 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 case numbers in Worthington, Franklin County, and statewide are continuing to skyrocket. As of November 18, 2020, the City of Worthington has 427 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 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 November 18, 2020, there are 33,690 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 495 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health 

November 17 - Governor Announces Statewide Curfew

Today, November 17, Governor Mike DeWine announced a statewide curfew will go into effect beginning Thursday, November 19th for 21 days. During the 3-week curfew, people are being asked to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am, with exceptions that include work or essential shopping. 

ReBoot Grant Funding Still Available

Limited funds remain available for the third round of ReBOOT Grant funding from the City of Worthington to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in Worthington. The goal is to retain jobs, spur economic activity and offset revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. The funds are made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. Grant funds are going quickly so applicants should apply soon to be included. Find details and download the application here.

November 13 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 case numbers in Worthington, Franklin County, and statewide are continuing to skyrocket with over 8,000 new cases reported in Ohio today. The increase in positive cases is being attributed primarily to small gatherings at social events or in smaller groups with friends and family who are not in their immediate household. 

As of November 13, 2020, the City of Worthington has 393 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 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 November 13, 2020, there are 31,264 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 494 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health 

Due to rising case numbers and other indicators, Franklin County is now on the "watch list" in the state's public health advisory system. If the situation does not improve, Franklin County could go from level 3 (red) to the highest level, 4 (purple) with severe exposure and spread. 68 Ohio counties are at level red. 

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11-11-2020 revised mask orderRecord Cases bring New State Orders

In an effort to get the spread under control, Governor Mike DeWine announced new orders this week. One strengthens the state mask order with three new provisions that require mask signage at all public entrances, make businesses responsible for ensuring all customers and employees wear masks, and creates a new Retail Compliance Unit to inspect businesses for compliance. See the complete order here. In addition, new social gathering orders no longer permit open congregate areas at events such as weddings and funerals and require everyone to be seated and masked unless they are consuming food or drinks. As of now, bars, restaurants and fitness centers remain open, but are being reassessed next week for potential closure.

Holiday Safety

With the holidays approaching, we all must do our part to keep our family and friends safe. We know any gathering with people who don’t live in your own home could put the health and lives of our most treasured loved ones and friends at risk.  We must be creative, smart and safe about how we celebrate the holidays. Worthington's holiday traditions are being reimagined, and we encourage you to reimagine your family traditions, too. 

ReBoot Grant Applications open Monday, November 16

rebootApplications will be accepted starting Monday, November 16 for the third round of ReBOOT Grant funding from the City of Worthington to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in Worthington. The goal is to retain jobs, spur economic activity and offset revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. The funds are made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. Grant funds are expected to go quickly so applicants should review the information and complete the form in advance. No submissions should be emailed prior to 8am on Monday, November 16. Any submissions received prior to this date and time will not be considered. Find details and download the application here.

November 6 - COVID-19 Case Records Continue

Once again today, November 6, 2020, the State of Ohio reported a record high daily case count with 5,008 new cases of COVID-19. Hospitalizations are also increasing in record numbers. Franklin County remains at level red, along with a record 56 counties, indicating a very high risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread on the State's public health advisory system. Community spread and small family and social gatherings continue to be the main cause of increasing COVID-19 case numbers. 

In Worthington, there are 365 total reported cases as of today. We remain at 43 deaths of Worthington residents due to COVID-19. The City continues to share our sympathies 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 November 6, 2020, there are 28,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. The number of deaths in the CPH jurisdiction remains at 489 people. 

See the full data report and details about case numbers and hospitalizations from Columbus Public Health 

Due to current conditions, you are strongly advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols. 

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Small Business Assistance Grants

Worthington City Council recently approved another round of grant funding for small businesses in Worthington, as part of the Worthington ReBOOT program. This program provides grants to eligible business owners for COVID-19 related business and operational expenses. The funds were made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. More information will be released soon about the application process. Another program is being developed to assist non-profit community organizations.

Winter Farmers Market GraphicWorthington Farmers Market Moves Indoors

For the first time since March, the Worthington Farmers Market will take place indoors at The Shops at Worthington Place. The Farmers Market moved outdoors at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and has been operating in a few different outdoor locations ever since. The Farmers Market is expected indoors starting November 7 through April 2021. The market is being configured in a new way due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Follow the link to learn what you need to know before you go.

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Event Update

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Old Worthington will host its annual Holiday Open House with social distance modifications on Sunday, November 29 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and a photo opportunity with Santa. Local retailers will be offering special promotions and sidewalk sales and the storefront windows will be decorated for the It's a Wonderful Window Contest.

The Tree Illumination will take place on the southeast Village Green between 6pm and 8pm.  The new evergreen tree will be lit and holiday music will play every half-hour for 15-minute increments at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm. Families will have a chance to enjoy the tree lighting and take pictures without a large crowd present at any one time. There is no official program scheduled. Please be sure to wear your mask and keep at least 6-feet distance between other people who are not in your immediate household when enjoying the holiday events

The Illuminated Shopping event is also scheduled on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

survey graphicOctober 29 - Mental Health and Financial Concerns top Community Survey Findings

Mental health and financial impacts are the top concerns of Worthington citizens based on the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey. The City is sharing key findings from the survey, developed with the assistance of several community partners.

See survey results 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

October 2020 Update

  • COVID-19 Cases Continue in Record Numbers
  • Mental Health and Financial Concerns top Community Survey Findings
  • Flu Shot Opportunities & Worthington Flu Shot Clinics
  • COVID-19 Worthington Case Numbers Show increasing Community Spread
  • COVID-19 Prevention at the Polls

September 2020 Updates

  • Worthington Announces Halloween Plans and Guidelines
  • Parks & Recreation October Programs
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Updates
  • Worthington Coronavirus Recovery Survey
  • Virtual Patriot Day Remembrance

August 2020 Updates

  • Franklin County Decreased to State Health Advisory Level 2 (August 27)
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Garage Sale Permits Now Available
  • Take the Worthington Coronavirus Recovery Survey
  • State Guidelines on Senior Center Reopenings
  • New Outdoor Dining Options Available Downtown
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Updates
  • Worthington Schools Updates
  • Face Covering Guidelines

July 16 - 24 Updates

  • Worthington ReBOOT Grant Program
  • Special Event Updates
    • Market Day Cancelled
    • Labor Day no longer postponement option for Family Picnic and Memorial Day Parade
    • Concerts on the Green Cancelled through the 2020 Season
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Governor Announces Statewide Face Covering Order and Travel Advisory
  • Franklin County Health Advisory System Level Update
  • Worthington Schools Responsible Restart Plan

No updates July 7 - 15

June 29 - July 6 Updates

  • Public Health Advisory System & Risk Level (Franklin County at red level)
  • Worthington Mask Requirement
  • Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • 4th of July Family Homefront Activities

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