Current Situation Updates

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September 15 - Worthington Face Covering Requirement Goes into Effect Thursday, September 16

Masks are Mandatory in public places in Worthington 9-14-2021

As public health continues to be threatened by a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the City of Worthington has joined the City of Columbus and other central Ohio communities in instituting a face covering requirement for all publicly accessible indoor locations effective Thursday, September 16. The requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Worthington City Council passed Ordinance 45-2021 at its September 13, 2021 meeting requiring the wearing of face coverings to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and declaring an emergency. The ordinance will be in effect for six months or until it is rescinded. Council will continue to receive monthly situation updates from our health agency, Columbus Public Health, and evaluate current conditions in determining when the requirement might be lifted. Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts informed City Council that she would recommend lifting the requirement if Franklin County had four consecutive weeks in the CDC’s yellow (moderate transmission) category, which is less than 50 new COVID cases per 100,000 people. 

The ordinance requires all people ages three and over within the City of Worthington to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in indoor areas accessible to the public and when traveling on public transportation. There are exceptions for people who cannot wear face coverings because of medical or mental health conditions, developmental disabilities or other instances based on CDC guidance. 

Enforcement will be complaint driven and enforced by Columbus Public Health. Warnings may be issued first, with the goal of educating those not wearing masks about the importance of masking for public health, protecting themselves and those around them. Second and subsequent violations may result in fines. Complaints can be submitted by calling 614-645-3111 or email 311@columbus.gov.

If visitors to City buildings do not have a mask, they will be provided one at the front counter at each location. 

September 15 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of September 15, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of September 15, 2021, there are 104,638 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,149 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

September 9 - Masks Required in all City Facilities

All visitors, patrons, customers, contractors and staff are required to wear a mask when inside City of Worthington facilities due to high community spread of COVID-19. People must wear a mask over their nose and mouth regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. Visitors to the Community Center are permitted to remove their masks when they are actively exercising. If people do not have a mask, they will be provided one at the front counter at each location. 

See more mask requirement information here

September 9 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of September 9, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,348 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of September 9, 2021, there are 101,709 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,144 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

August 27 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of August 27, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,292 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of August 27, 2021, there are 97,860 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,136 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

August 23 - FDA gives Full Approval for Pfizer Vaccine

CPH FDA Pfizer approvalThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, this is another important milestone in ensuring that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing serious illness from the virus.

The Pfizer vaccine is one of the vaccines offered at Columbus Public Health clinic locations. Columbus Public Health is Worthington's health agency. 

Vaccines are available without an appointment at clinics, pharmacies, doctors' offices and hospital locations in Worthington, Columbus, Franklin County and statewide.  

Find your vaccine location here: 

People are encouraged to get vaccinated as quickly as possible to avoid catching COVID-19 and spreading it to others, especially those who are unable to get vaccinated including all children under 12 years old. It is recommended that people continue to wear a mask in public and maintain 6-feet of distance from others outside of your household. 

Franklin County Red High Transmission CDC 8-10-2021August 13 -Franklin County at Highest Level Red

Franklin County has moved to the highest level red in the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) data tracker for high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. Get vaccinated to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. It is strongly advised that masks are worn indoors by everyone regardless of vaccination status. See the CDC map here

 Find a free COVID-19 vaccine near you at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

August 13 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of August 13, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,249 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of August 13, 2021, there are 94,953 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,134 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

August 5 - Mask Advisory Issued due to Substantial Community Spread

All Worthington residents are advised to wear a mask indoors and in crowded places as there is substantial community spread of COVID-19.

Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health along with Franklin County Public Health, issued a mask advisory today urging everyone to wear a mask indoors and in crowded areas regardless of vaccine status until further notice. The advisory follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19. 

 In the last four weeks, the Franklin County positivity rate has more than doubled from 1.3% to 2.8%. Additionally, as of August 2, only 53.5% of all residents have started vaccination and 50.3% of all residents are fully vaccinated.

CPH-FCPH Mask Advisory 8-5-2021“The delta variant is extremely contagious and our cases are increasing,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. And wearing a mask is another layer of prevention that will help protect yourself and others.”

Franklin County is now seeing substantial community transmission of the virus, primarily attributed to the Delta variant. Preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected (breakthrough cases) with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.

“We know that masking works to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola.  “By masking up again we can break this substantial transmission rate, save lives and help our schools and businesses continue to stay open. “

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, is distributing the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine following Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines.

August 4- Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of August 4, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 58 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 53 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of August 4, 2021, there are 93,454 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,133 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

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

Digest of Previous News and Updates

June/July 2021 Update

  • COVID-19 vaccine information
  • Worthington Vaccine Clinics
  • Celeste Center drive-thru clinic closing
  • Fireworks are back for July 4
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers

May 2021 Update

  • Parks & Recreation facility updates
  • Ohio Department of Health drops color-coded Public Advisory System
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Health Commissioner advice to navigate changes in mask requirements
  • Worthington repeals mask ordinance to conform with State orders and CDC guidance
  • Vax-a-Million drawing
  • Coronavirus Survey Pt. 2 results
  • CDC offers revised guidance for fully vaccinated people
  • Vaccine Update - People 12 and older now eligible
  • Governor announces health orders will be lifted on June 2
  • Worthington Memorial Day Parade reimagined for 2021
  • Franklin County at Red Level
  • No appointment vaccines available
  • Choosing safer activities whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated

April 2021 Update

  • Mask guidance updated for fully vaccinated
  • Updated quarantine guidance
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • No appointments needed for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Franklin County moves from watch list to purple level 
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution paused
  • Special event decisions
  • Worthington Farmers Market returns to the historic district with expanded layout and safety protocols
  • New consolidated State health order
  • CDC updates travel guidance for fully vaccinated

March 2021 Update

  • Vaccine Eligibility Open to Ages 16+
  • COVID-19 Testing remains an important tool
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • CDC guidance for people who are fully vaccinated
  • Get COVID-19 text updates
  • Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two

February 2021 Update

  • Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates -- Text VaxCbus to 888777
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers 
  • Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two opens
  • Support local businesses with Worthington Dollars e-Gift Card
  • State Curfew & Stay at Home Advisory expire
  • Vaccine Updates
  • Identity Theft Warnings
  • Worthington Tops 1,000 total COVID-19 cases

January 2021 Update

  • State curfew time shifts later as hospitalizations go down
  • Vaccine updates - Phase 1B eligibility
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Stay at Home Advisory and State Curfew extended
  • Health Commissioner answers your vaccine questions (video)

December 2020 Update

  • Stay at Home Advisory and State of Ohio Curfew extended to January 23, 2021
  • Local emergency medical responders receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Healthy holiday reminders
  • ReBOOT Grant Funding distributed to Worthington small businesses and non-profits
  • Stay at Home Advisory and State of Ohio Curfew extended to January 2, 2021
  • Ohio vaccine distribution plan
  • Shop small and support local during the holidays
  • Franklin County moves to red level in Ohio public health advisory system

November 2020 Update

  • COVID-19 Cases continue to climb
  • Franklin County elevated to the highest level (purple) on the State's public health advisory system with extreme community spread
  • Holiday travel & small gathering advisories
  • Stay-at-home advisory & State curfew issued
  • Non-profit and Business ReBOOT Grants available
  • Shop Local this holiday season
  • Parks & Recreation programming updates
  • Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Cancelled
  • Worthington Farmers Market moves indoors with additional health protocols in place for safe shopping

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