March 16 - 22, 2020 Updates

March 22, State of Ohio Stay at Home order issued

State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a Stay at Home order on Sunday, March 22, 2020 that goes into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. The order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. 

Exceptions to the order include:

  • Health and Safety: seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
  • Supplies and Services: obtaining groceries or food, household consumer products, supplies needed to work from home, auto supplies and services
  • Outdoor Activities:  walking, hiking, running or biking, visits to public parks and open recreation areas, however, playgrounds are closed.
  • Going to work to where essential services or products are provided.
  • Care of others: taking care of family members, friends, pets.

Stay at Home Order from the Ohio Department of Health

Stay at Home Frequently Asked Questions

March 20, Ohio reports its first COVID-19 related death 

Local news publications are waiving online subscription fees and requirements for COVID-19 related news coverage during this public health emergency. 

March 18, City of Worthington Activates Fire & EMS Substation at Community Center

Station 102 ribbon cutting2The Worthington Division of Fire & EMS has activated a substation, Station 102, at the Worthington Community Center to staff a second location for emergency response from the Division of Fire & EMS. The substation was designed based on emergency pandemic response protocols that advise the separation of emergency response teams so that the entire crew is not exposed in the event that one first responder is infected. This helps assure the continuity of critical service to our community. Firefighters held a brief ribbon cutting to open the station earlier today.

Station 101 is the primary location of the Worthington Division of Fire, at 6500 N. High Street. Station 102 substation at the Worthington Community Center will house a three person crew including a lieutenant and two firefighter/paramedics. The cross-staffed trucks will be Ladder 101 (L101) and Medic 102 (M102). L101 is a ladder truck with the same capabilities as a water pumper truck. M102 is an advanced life support transport medic.

Like Station 101, Station 102 is not open to the public for walk-in traffic. See safety measures in place at our Fire & Police stations due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pictured L to R: Fire Chief Mark Zambito, Lieutenant Seth Teagle, Firefighter/Paramedic Clayton Miller, Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Pichert

March 18, State Orders updated to include more service-related businesses

On March 18, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine ordered the closure of barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons. In addition, Bureau of Motor Vehicle deputy registrar locations and dozens of driver examination stations until further notice.  Read the announcement from the Ohio BMV here.

Also on March 18, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther declared a state of Emergency for the City of Columbus. Watch video here.

March 17, Columbus Public Health reports second confirmed case in Columbus

Columbus Public Health announced the second confirmed COVID-19 case in Columbus this morning. The patient is a 23-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She is being treated at a local hospital. “This patient appears to be our first case of community-acquired – which means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient has not traveled or been exposed to anyone who has traveled to an area high in COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner. “Community spread of COVID-19 reminds us of the necessity of social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “As much as possible, residents are encouraged to stay home. Basic hygiene is critical: wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, stay home if you are sick.” The first case of COVID-19 in Columbus was announced on Saturday, March 14. Franklin County has two additional cases, including a Columbus firefighter/EMT.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary care physician, Columbus Public Health at 614-645-1519 or Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634.

March 16, 11pm State update: Polls closed for Public Health Emergency

NEWS ALERT: Polls are closed on Tuesday, March 17th. State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the polls closed as part of a health emergency. There will be no voting in Ohio on March 17th. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says polls will be open on June 2nd and people can vote by mail between now and then. See Secretary of State Directive and Plans for June 2nd here.

March 16 Worthington City Council Meeting:

At the March 16, 2020 Worthington City Council Meeting Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts shared a situation update with Council and answered questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health response. View video from the meeting

City Council unanimously approved emergency legislation, giving the City Manager broader authority to take necessary organizational and financial action during this crisis. Adopting legislation by emergency waives the waiting period and allows it to become effective immediately. See legislation here