May 18 - 24 Updates

Parks reopening graphic (002)May 22 - Parks & Recreation Reopening Timeline

The Worthington Parks & Recreation team has been working on a plan to safely resume and reopen some facilities and programming based on State protocols and safety guidelines announced by Governor DeWine last week. The City has carefully reviewed the protocols and, based on the guidelines and the advice of local health experts, has a plan in place to begin reopening some facilities. As facilities reopen, the safety measures outlined here as well as other sector and sports-specific State protocols will be in place. Each location will be signed with specific safety protocols that each user is responsible for following. It is important for you to abide by these guidelines so that all users are protected and safe, and the facilities can remain open for the community to enjoy.

Please see the timeline here for information on all Parks & Recreation facilities and amenities that have been closed to the public.

No increases in Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

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For the fourth straight day, Worthington did not see any increases in the number of COVID-19 cases or deaths. As of May 22, 2020, we remain at 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported of Worthington residents, 13 of which are Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 22, 2020, there are 3,958 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 167 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.  See the weekly report combining Columbus and Franklin County statistics, including data on age, race, gender, hospitalizations, long term care facility cases and zip codes. 

Weekly Report - 5/22/2020

More information from Columbus Public Health

Memorial Day Weekend Health Reminders

Important information from our partners at Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health: 

As we head into the unofficial start to summer this Memorial Day weekend and continue to reopen Ohio, Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health are sharing a few reminders to keep safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With retail businesses, restaurants and soon child care reopening, it may seem as if we are in the clear, but COVID-19 cases in our county continue to increase. Franklin County has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio at 5,175 and the second highest number of deaths reported 245.

While the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk, Franklin County data shows that we have the highest number of cases in the 30-39 age range followed by the 20-29 age range with the second highest number of cases.

“We each have a responsibility to look out for each other and to do our part to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Joe Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner. These simple steps will make a huge impact on protecting yourselves and everyone around you.

  • Stay home if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put distance between yourself and others—stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and the long weekend. Keep 6 feet apart from others and don’t gather in large groups of more than 10. While travel restrictions have been lifted, it is still encouraged that unnecessary travel be avoided.

“We cannot become complacent in our fight against COVID-19 because our case numbers continue to increase,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “I encourage all residents to celebrate the holidays responsibly with members of their immediate households, and if they must go out, to social distance and wear face coverings to protect themselves, their loved ones and the entire community.”

5-21-2020 flag planting (2)Worthington Memorial Day

As we approach Memorial Day in Worthington, we want to be sure to stop and remember the lives of all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community and nation. Although we are not able to gather for the traditional Memorial Day Parade this year, we hope you will join us in recognizing the military personnel who have died in service. As a visual reminder, City crews, Worthington American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 members, and volunteers planted thousands of American flags along the Village Green in Old Worthington. The flags were first planted for the 2019 September 11th remembrance and we felt it was a fitting way to pay tribute this Memorial Day.
You may want to also fly your American Flag at home, if you’re not already. 5-21-2020 hanging baskets (6)

Another sure sign of spring in Worthington, the hanging flower baskets have been installed along with the American Flags on lamp posts in Old Worthington. If you’re out for a walk with your family, or pass through Old Worthington this holiday weekend, please take a moment to remember... and know that we all look toward the day when we can come together in person again. 


May 21 - Indoor Dining Reopens at area Restaurants

shop local worthingtonToday, May 21, is the first day that restaurants and bars are able to reopen for indoor dining. All establishments must meet the State protocols, which require distance between tables and other sanitary requirements. Not all restaurants are reopening their dining rooms today so it’s a good idea to call ahead. Many Worthington restaurants have reopened or are planning to soon. Learn more about Worthington’s business openings and how you can continue to support them.

May 21 - State Announces Additional Reopening Protocols

State leaders announced additional plans to reopen more business sectors and allow more athletics to resume. New opening dates include:

  • Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys 
  • Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
  • Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers

Sector specific protocols will be posted here when available

Find State of Ohio coronavirus information and resources here

May 21 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Worthington did not see any increases in the number of cases or deaths today, May 21, 2020. We remain at 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported of Worthington residents, 13 of which are Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents.

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 21, 2020, there are 3,864 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 159 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 20 - Swiminc announces closure of Worthington Pools for 2020 season

Swiminc has made the difficult decision to keep the Worthington Pools closed for the 2020 outdoor season.
See the announcement and link to the letter from the Board of Directors here.

May 20 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 20, 2020, the City of Worthington remains at  83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 15 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 13 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 20, 2020, there are 3,780 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 154 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 19 - Governor DeWine releases "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" (Updated 5/20/2020 with links to orders)

Governor DeWine released information about the new "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory," which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order issued by the Ohio Department of Health in April. The new advisory still strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. Other 6ft distancing requirements and recommendations for people to wear masks or face coverings do not change. All other business and facility-specific orders are also still in place. The new health advisory also lifts travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is still not encouraged.
Read more of the announcement here.

View Orders signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton on May 20, 2020

May 19 - Worthington Libraries begins phased reopening

Worthington Libraries announced they will begin a phased reopening on Tuesday, May 26. Curbside pickup of reserves will be made available to patrons who have had items waiting since March 13, when the Library closed due to coronavirus concerns. Patrons with reserves on hold will be notified about the opportunity to schedule a date and time for reserve pickup. During this first phase of curbside pickup, the Library will not be accepting returns. The date for accepting return of materials has not yet been determined.
See more information from Worthington Libraries.

Read special This Week News column about City facility reopenings from City Manager Matt Greeson

May 19 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 19, 2020, there are  83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 15 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 13 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 19, 2020, there are 3,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 139 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health

May 18 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of May 18, 2020, there are  82 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 15 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 13 of those were Worthington residents living in long term care facilities. Our sympathies continue to be with the loved ones of these Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19. 

Worthington cases are included in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) statistics because they are our contracted public health provider. As of May 18, 2020, there are 3,623 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 136 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction. 

Today’s data summary posted by CPH.

More information from Columbus Public Health