April 6 - April 12, 2020 Updates
April 10 - Weekly Columbus/Worthington-Franklin County Report Published
As of Friday, April 10, Worthington’s confirmed case count stands at six, which was first reported on March 30. Worthington’s counts are included with the Columbus Public Health report, as CPH serves as our contracted health provider. Here is an informative summary combining Columbus and Franklin County numbers, including data on age, race, gender, hospitalizations and zip codes.
Help Keep our Parks Healthy and Safe
Visiting Worthington’s trails and parks is a great way to maintain your physical and mental health, but it is important to take steps to use them safely.
Trails and parks remain open, although many facilities are closed including playgrounds, basketball courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts, the skatepark, Godown dog park, and sports fields. If you are out on the Olentangy Trail, or in our other parks, here are some do’s and don’ts to practice good social distancing:
- DO visit parks and trails with your immediate family and those with whom you are staying at home.
- DO take advantage of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors for recreation, exercise and education.
- DO pay attention to signage and barriers that restrict access to equipment, such as playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the skate park.
- DO maintain a 6-foot distance from others when walking, running and biking. You can do this by letting people know you are passing when you come up from behind, and safely stepping off the path to let others pass.
- DO NOT use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
- DO NOT step over or remove any barriers that block access to equipment and facilities.
- DO NOT play group sports using shared equipment, such as basketball and tennis.
Police Chief Robert Ware shares Thanks With our Community Heroes
This week we have been blessed by a continued show of support from the community.
Learn more about this week’s Chief’s Heroes stepping up to help first responders through this difficult time.
April 9 - Virtual City Council Meeting planned for Monday, April 13
Due to Stay at Home Orders and the cancellation of public gatherings, Worthington City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Council members and City staff will connect through the Microsoft Teams application and the entire meeting will be streamed online at Worthington.org/live. The meeting on Monday, April 13, 2020 begins at 7:30 pm.
The public has two options for providing comments:
- Email email@example.com prior to or during the meeting. Comments will be read by the Clerk of Council and entered into the record during the meeting.
- Call 567-249-0063 and enter conference ID 894-456-406.
Telephone comments will be taken in the order in which they are received. There is a 25-second delay in the live stream online so callers should turn their computer audio down when it is their turn to speak.
As of April 9, 2020, there are no changes to the number of confirmed positive cases in Worthington.
April 8 - Worthington Confirmed Cases Remain at Six
As of Wednesday, April 8, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worthington remains at six. This number has not changed since it was first announced on March 30. In the entire Columbus Public Health jurisdiction, the number of confirmed cases is 512. There have been six deaths in Columbus and none in Worthington.
Columbus Public Health Update 4-8-2020
As a result of the extended Stay at Home order, the list of closures and cancellations continues to be updated.
See the complete list of closures and cancellations here
April 7 - New State Health Order Updates
The new Stay at Home Order that went into effect at midnight April 7, 2020 states anyone returning to Ohio from out of state should self-quarantine for 14 days. This means if you have been spending the winter months in a warmer climate, such as Florida, Arizona, or elsewhere, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. The order does not include those who live and work in trans-border areas, health care and public health and safety workers, transportation workers and certain essential workers. Other updates are also included in the order.
Read the Amended Stay at Home Order
Stay at Home Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Hyperion Materials and Technologies Donates N95 Masks to the Division of Fire
The Worthington Division of Fire is sharing a big Thank You with Worthington business Hyperion Materials and Technologies for the generous donation of 360 N95 masks. Worthington firefighter/paramedics wear the N95 mask on all calls where they come into contact with and treat patients. This is a vital piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and this donation from Hyperion provides a valuable resource for the protection of our crews so they can stay healthy and properly serve the community.
Pictured L to R: Firefighter/Paramedics Asa Snouffer, Nick Schaeffer, and Billy Rings, Lieutenant Mark Lundy, Hyperion Environmental Health and Safety Manager Steve Wood.
With its global headquarters located in Worthington, Hyperion Materials and Technologies is a major City employer that manufactures industrial-grade diamonds for cutting and pressing hard and super-hard materials. Hyperion is an essential business and remains open during this crisis, but is operating with reduced staff. Hyperion is featured on the City of Worthington’s economic development website businessworthington.org, with a video testimonial showcasing their Worthington experience. Watch the Hyperion video here.
April 7 - Watch City Council COVID-19 Briefing
In case you missed it, you can watch the video from Monday’s City Council Meeting (4/6/20) with a full COVID-19 situation update from Columbus Public Health and City department directors about Worthington’s response to protect the health and safety of our community.
City Clerk Kay Thress manages the virtual meeting with City Council members and Staff dialing in from home.
The City Council Chambers is nearly empty as the remote meeting fills the screen above the empty Council chairs below.
April 6 - Virtual City Council Meeting includes COVID-19 Public Health and Response Update
Starting tonight, April 6, 2020, Worthington City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Due to Stay at Home Orders and the cancellation of public gatherings, City Council members and City staff will connect through the Microsoft Teams application and the entire meeting will be streamed online at Worthington.org/live. The agenda includes a COVID-19 situation and response update from City Staff and an update from Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. Columbus Public Health serves as Worthington’s contracted health agency.
Just like during a regular, in-person meeting, there are opportunities for people to submit comments. Instead of standing at the podium in front of Council, the public has two options. First, comments can be submitted in advance or during the meeting by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be read by the Clerk of Council during the meeting. Another option is to call in with comments.
The number to call is 567-249-0063.
You will be asked to enter your conference ID, which is 894-456-406.
Telephone comments will be taken in the order in which they are received. Callers should be aware that there is a 25-second delay in the live stream online. Callers should turn their computer audio down when it is their turn to speak.
You can view the April 6, 2020 Agenda packet and remember to tune in live tonight at 7:30 p.m. to view the meeting live at Worthington.org/live
April 6 - Worthington Confirmed Cases Remain at Six
As of Monday, April 6, 2020, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worthington remains at six. In the entire Columbus Public Health jurisdiction, the number of confirmed cases is 446. There have been six deaths in Columbus and none in Worthington.
Columbus Public Health Update 4-6-2020
As the Stay at Home order has been extended through at least May 1, most closures and cancellations have been extended through April. See the complete list of closures and cancellations here
CDC Face Covering Recommendation
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. These measures are to be used in addition to social distancing recommendations.