Current Situation Updates

Updated 5/27/2022

The Worthington Community Center and Griswold Center have a limited supply of COVID-19 test kits. 

The City of Worthington has a limited supply of free take-home COVID-19 testing kits available to pick up at the Worthington Community Center and Griswold Center. Kits can be picked up during open hours. 

You may request one test kit for each member of your household. Supplies are limited.  

Learn more here

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Vaccines and Boosters

Public Health experts recommend everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. 

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available to anyone 5 years of age or older. Columbus Public Health offers a number of vaccine clinic times and locations. Find one that works for you and your family here: columbus.gov/c19vax.

See full booster details and recommendations from the CDC

Worthington COVID-19 Cases

The City of Worthington is no longer posting specific Worthington case numbers. Because the City of Worthington is part of the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, Worthington information is included in CPH statistics, which are identified and available to review here

March 8, 2022 - City Council Lifts Mask Requirement

Worthington City Council voted at its March 7, 2022 meeting to lift the mask requirement for indoor spaces in the City of Worthington, effective Thursday, March 10, 2022.  

In addition, the City of Worthington no longer requires masks in City-owned buildings. 

See legislation here

Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, recommended the mask requirement be lifted based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance that ranks Franklin County at a medium community level. Levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. 

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Guidance recommends masks should still be worn if you:

  • Are not vaccinated
  • Have an underlying condition or live with someone who does
  • Have a child too young to get the vaccine
  • Recently tested positive for COVID-19
  • Are in a healthcare facility of other business that requires them
  • Are using public transportation

Read Worthington This Week News column about lifting the mask requirement from Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts (Columbus Dispatch subscription required.) Download PDF version

March 14, 2022 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases

As of March 14, 2022, the City of Worthington has 2,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Sadly, 69 Worthington residents have died. 55 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 March 14, 2022, there have been 202,703 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,797 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died. 

Digest of Previous News and Updates

January/February 2022 Update

  • Public Health officials recommend lifting Worthington mask requirement
  • Worthington COVID-19 cases
  • Mask Guidance updates
  • Vaccine and Booster information

October/November/December 2021 Update

  • Community Center is out of test kits
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Boosters authorized and recommended for everyone age 16 and older
  • COVID-19 Vaccine now available for children 5-11
  • Free take-home test kits available at the Community Center (currently out-of-stock)

August/September 2021 Update

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster information
  • Worthington COVID-19 case numbers
  • Worthington Face Covering Requirement
  • FDA gives full approval for Pfizer vaccine
  • Franklin County at highest level red for community transmission
  • Mask advisory issued due to substantial community spread
  • COVID-19 vaccine information

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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020Updates

  • 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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