Current Situation Updates

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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)

May 14 - Centers for Disease Control Offers Revised Guidance for Fully Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced it has revised guidance for fully vaccinated people. The CDC says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or remain physically distant in any setting, with some exceptions. 

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

The CDC says people who are not fully vaccinated should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Until they are fully vaccinated, or if they are unable to be vaccinated, they should continue to wear face coverings and remain physically distant. 

new CDC mask guidance

12 and over vaccine graphicVaccine Update

People 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine appointments and walk-in opportunities are readily available at a number of providers. 

 Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links:

May 14 - Governor Announces Health Orders will be Lifted June 2

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans to lift all State health orders as of June 2, 2021. He cited a recent decline in case numbers and hospitalizations and an increase in the number of people who are getting vaccinated. He said he will conform his revised health order to comply with CDC guidance through June 2.

The City of Worthington is consulting with our health agency, Columbus Public Health, and will make a decision on our existing mask ordinance based on current health orders and public health guidance. The topic is expected to be discussed at an upcoming City Council meeting.

May 14 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of May 14, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,141 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 57 Worthington residents have now 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 May 14, 2021, there are 89,839 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,141 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See CPH resources and updates here

May 6 - Worthington Memorial Day Parade Reimagined for 2021

memorial day cemetery ceremonyWhile the American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 and the City of Worthington had hoped the 2021 Memorial Day Parade would be back in its traditional form in 2021, the health and safety of parade spectators and participants is of the utmost importance. That is why the Worthington Memorial Day Parade is being reimagined in a smaller format for 2021.

Organizers consulted with Worthington’s public health agency, Columbus Public Health, and carefully reviewed State of Ohio COVID-19 orders and safety protocols, before making the difficult decision to revise plans for the 101st Memorial Day Parade. Due to current COVID-19 conditions and challenges enforcing health orders for physical distancing and contact tracing, holding the traditional parade would put the community at risk.  

See more information about what to expect here

May 6 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of May 6, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,139 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 55 Worthington residents have died due to the coronavirus. 51 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 May 6, 2021, there are 89,062 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,066 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

See CPH resources and updates here

Franklin County at Red Level

Franklin County is now at level 3, or red, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System meaning there is a very high risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. Health experts remind us to continue following safety protocols and get the vaccine as soon as possible. 

Vaccines are now available with or without an appointment. Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links:

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CDC 4-27-2021 MASK SAFER ACTIVITIES

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

April 2021 Update

  • Mask guidance updated for fully vaccinated
  • Updated quarantine guidance
  • Worthington COVID-19 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