Current Situation Updates

See a full list of City 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 2020. (links also to the left)

CoronavirusFollowUpSurvey_SocialMedia_square Opens in new windowFebruary 19 - Community Coronavirus Survey Round Two

Take the survey here

Several months ago, we conducted a community coronavirus survey and now, nearly a year into the ongoing pandemic, we want to check in once more to learn how you and your family are managing. Even if you completed the previous survey, we hope you will take it again to update us on how the situation may have changed for you since the start of the new year. 

As a token of our appreciation, when you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing for a Worthington Community Center day pass (100 available).

The information you share will be used to help the City of Worthington and other organizations serving the greater Worthington area to understand the continuing impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the people in our community. Your responses, along with the responses of others in our community, will help us to identify current areas of need and continue to guide our response to this ongoing crisis.

We will not ask for any information that would personally identify you. The survey should take you about 12 minutes to complete. The last day to take the survey will be Sunday, March 21.

Thank you for your time!

This survey is presented in partnership with the City of Worthington, Community Relations Commission, Griswold Center, I Am Boundless, McConnell Arts Center, Northwest Counseling Services, United Methodist Church, Worthington Libraries, Worthington Parks & Recreation, Worthington Resource Pantry, and Worthington Schools.

worthington dollars gift card Opens in new windowFebruary 19 - Support Local Businesses with Worthington Dollars e-gift cards

The Worthington Partnership is proud to announce the new Worthington Dollars eGift Card, a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Worthington Dollars e-Gift Card here to use at any of the participating shops in Worthington. 

Worthington has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services, and entertainment in one place. Use the Worthington Dollars, an eGift card at all participating locations in the city — there is truly something for everyone!

Our friends at FCBank have donated funds to cover bonus dollars for our launch of this new program. While supplies last, buy $100 in Worthington Dollars and receive a bonus gift of $25 courtesy of FCBank.

Buy your Worthington Dollars here.

February 19 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

Sadly, more Worthington residents have passed away due to COVID-19. As of February 19, 2021, a total of 48 Worthington residents have died, 44 of which were living in long-term care settings. Our sympathies go out to the loved ones of these Worthington citizens. The increase in the recorded number of deaths comes as the State of Ohio reconciles previously underreported numbers. 

As of February 19, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,024 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 78,099 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 852 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

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

February 11 - State Curfew Expires

Governor Mike DeWine announced that the State Curfew that has been in place since November 2020 has expired and will not be renewed unless pandemic conditions worsen again. He previously said that if daily hospitalization numbers are below 2,500 for seven days in a row the curfew would be lifted. The State has seen daily hospitalization rates below 2,500 for 10 days in a row as of today. This means that restaurants and bars are able to remain open later for patrons and people are not mandated to stay home during the overnight hours.  

CDC double mask and fit graphic Opens in new windowAlthough case numbers are going in the right direction, health experts advise that we cannot let our guard down or ease up on mask-wearing and social distancing measures. There is still much uncertainty about new variant coronavirus strains and how they may impact our communities. The risk of exposure and spread is still extremely high. Please remember to always wear a mask, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you're sick, and only gather with people who live in your own household. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says wearing your mask properly is key to stopping the spread. They advise that double masking may stop the spread even more effectively. It is also important to wear your mask snugly against your face so that there are no gaps to allow droplets to escape or enter. 

The CDC offers these updated tips to improve how your mask protects yourself and others. 

February 11 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

Sadly, another Worthington resident has passed away due to COVID-19. A total of 45 Worthington residents have died, 43 of which were living in long term care settings. Our sympathies go out to the loved ones of these Worthington citizens. As of February 11, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 76,747 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 550 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

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

February 11 - Vaccine Update

Vaccines continue under Phase 1B for people age 65 and older, school employees, and people with specific medical conditions that put them at a very high risk of dying from COVID-19. Ohioans born with the medical conditions outlined below, or those who were diagnosed in early childhood whose conditions continued into adulthood, will qualify to be vaccinated beginning on February 15.

ODH 1B health conditions for vaccine

Although providers are expected to continue receiving more vaccines, the number of doses still remains limited. People who are eligible are advised to check with their primary care provider and hospital system first as that may be a more convenient option. Search the Ohio Department of Health vaccine provider list by county and zip code. 

The Public Health systems will update their websites and open registration when more vaccine supply becomes available. 

February 5 - Identity Theft Warning

Identity theft has become a widespread problem during the pandemic with many people here in Worthington and across the country being impacted. Identities, including Social Security numbers, have been stolen and used to file fraudulent unemployment claims in both the traditional unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs. Many people only realize they have had their identity stolen when they receive a 1099-G tax form or other official correspondence in the mail from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS.) If you have received one or more of the following and you did not file for unemployment benefits in 2020, you may have had a fraudulent claim made in your name:

  • A 1099-G tax form.
  • A letter from ODJFS stating that Unemployment Benefits have been applied for in your name.
  • A US Bank ReliaCard for funds you do not recognize or were not expecting.
  • Notification from your employer that ODJFS is inquiring about Unemployment Benefits that you did not apply for.

If you receive one of these notifications, you should take action immediately and follow these steps:

  1. Contact ODJFS immediately. You can find more information and complete the online report form here.
  2. You can also call the ODJFS Ohio Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft Hotline at 833-658-0394 between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
  3. Check your credit report. You can visit annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228.  
  4. Consider placing an initial fraud alert on your credit report. This makes it harder for someone to open credit accounts in your name. 

Visit the Ohio Attorney General online for details

Worthy Point of View: Identity theft emerging as latest pandemic threat in Worthington and beyond

February 5 - Worthington tops 1,000 total COVID-19 Cases

As of February 5, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We, fortunately, have not had an increase in the number of people who have died, but sadly have had 44 Worthington residents die from COVID-19. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents.

As of February 5, 2021, there are 75,684 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 534 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

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

February 5 - Vaccine Updates

Beginning the week of February 8, people age 65 and older become eligible for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1B. The supply remains limited with reservations through the Columbus and Franklin County Public Health systems currently on hold. People who are eligible are advised to check with their primary care provider and hospital system first as that may be a more convenient option. Search the Ohio Department of Health vaccine provider list by county and zip code. 

The Public Health systems will update their websites and open registration when more vaccine supply becomes available. 

February 5 - State Curfew remains at 11pm - Stay at Home Advisory Expires Saturday

The State Curfew will remain in place from 11pm to 5am for another week, as Governor DeWine and State Health officials continue to evaluate falling hospitalization and case numbers. If the daily hospitalization goes below 2,500 people for seven days in a row, the curfew will be lifted. Track daily hospitalization numbers here. 

Because of a reduction in case numbers, Columbus and Franklin County Public Health will not renew the Stay at Home Advisory, which expires on Saturday, February 6th. They note that although the numbers are going in the right direction, it is important to remember that Franklin County remains red in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and the risk of exposure and spread is still extremely high. Please remember to always wear a mask, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you're sick and only gather with people who live in your own household.

February 1 - Vaccine Updates

CPH 1B 70Beginning the week of February 1, people age 70 and older and school employees become eligible for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1B. The supply remains limited. People 70 and older who are eligible are advised to check with their primary care provider and hospital system first as that may be a more convenient option. Public health departments, primary care providers, and local pharmacies are scheduling appointments for people who are eligible in this current Phase 1B as their supply allows.

Search here for providers by county and zip code. Each provider is managing its own reservation system.

Columbus Public Health & Franklin County Public Health 

Columbus and Franklin County Public Health have a limited supply of vaccine and may pause scheduling of appointments based on current supply conditions. Check for the latest updates on social media or through the links below. 

See full vaccine details here.

K-12 Staff Vaccinations

The Worthington School District is on the State of Ohio's list of eligible districts to begin receiving the vaccine for its staff. K-12 schools in Ohio whose staff can be vaccinated beginning next week have been notified, including Worthington Schools. There is not enough supply to have all Ohio school staff vaccinated next week so the process will continue each week as more supply becomes available. 

ODH Vaccine 1B with age dates

Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts answers you vaccine questions


January 28 - Curfew Time Shifts as Hospitalizations Go Down

Starting January 28, the State of Ohio curfew is pushed back one hour to begin at 11pm. Previously it started at 10pm. Governor DeWine announced the change goes into effect due to a drop in the number of people who are being hospitalized due to COVID-19. Ohio has seen seven straight days below 3,500 hospitalizations which was the mark to change to the later time. The 11pm to 5am curfew will remain in effect for two weeks until February 11, 2021. If the numbers continue to drop to below 3,000 for seven straight days the curfew start-time will shift to midnight. If they go below 2,500 for seven days in a row the curfew will be lifted. See the Curfew Fact Sheet

While the curfew hours are in effect, individuals must stay home and only leave home for work or for essential needs such as food, medical care, social services or providing care for others. The Columbus and Franklin County Public Health Stay at Home Advisory remains in effect until February 6, 2021. Residents are advised to continue to stay at home to the greatest extent possible and to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs. 

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hosptializatons as of 1-28-2021

January 28 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of January 28, 2021, the City of Worthington has 950 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 44 deaths of Worthington residents. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of January 28, 2021, there are 73,541 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 531 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.

Important information from our partners CPH about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

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

January 22 - Stay at Home Advisory and Curfew Extended

CPH stay at home extended to 2-6-2021The Columbus and Franklin County Public Health Stay at Home Advisory has been extended for two more weeks until February 6, 2021. The Stay at Home Advisory coincides with Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the statewide 10pm to 5am curfew due to continuing high case numbers and community spread. The revised curfew order is in place through January 30, 2021. Residents are advised to continue to stay at home to the greatest extent possible and to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.

“Our case numbers have been moving in the right direction, but they remain very high,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “While we work to vaccinate and protect the public in the coming weeks, we must continue what we are doing to maintain this downward trend and make sure it keeps moving in the right direction.” 

“The next two weeks are another opportunity for our community to make progress to slow the spread of the virus,” said Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola. “When residents do need to leave their home, we ask that they remain vigilant and always wear their mask, watch their distance from others, and wash their hands frequently to ensure they keep themselves and others safe.”

The Stay at Home Advisory will remain in place until February 6, 2021 or until both health departments determine a change to the guidance is appropriate.

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

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