October 2020 Updates

October 29 - COVID-19 Cases Continue in Record Numbers

Today, October 29, 2020, the State of Ohio reported its highest daily case count ever with 3,590 new cases of COVID-19. This number is 25% higher than the previous record just a few days ago. Hospitalizations also continue to increase and Franklin County remains at level red, indicating a very high risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread on the State's public health advisory system. Community spread continues to be the main cause of increasing COVID-19 case numbers. 

In Worthington, there are 340 total reported cases as of today. We remain at 43 deaths of Worthington residents due to COVID-19. The City continues to share our sympathies 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 October 29, 2020, there are 25,568 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 489 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health 

Due to the current conditions, you are advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols. This is particularly important as community members are participating in trick-or-treat or other Halloween activities

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

survey graphicOctober 29 - Mental Health and Financial Concerns top Community Survey Findings

Mental health and financial impacts are the top concerns of Worthington citizens based on the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey. The City is sharing key findings from the survey, developed with the assistance of several community partners.

See survey results here

Flu shot clinic graphic for webOctober 29 - Flu Shot Opportunities

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year to protect your health and the health of those around you during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you missed the drive-thru clinics in Worthington, there are still more opportunities to get your free flu shot from our partners at Columbus Public Health. 

See dates, times and places here

October 23 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Community spread continues to be the main cause of increasing COVID-19 case numbers. As the State of Ohio reports daily record case numbers, the cases in the City of Worthington also continue to rise. As of October 23, 2020, the City of Worthington has 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 42 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 October 23, 2020, there are 24,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 487 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health 

Franklin County remains at level 3, or red in the State's public health advisory system. This week 38 counties are at level red, which indicates very high exposure risk and spread. You are advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols.

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

October 16 - COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to Show Increasing Community Spread

Increasing COVID-19 case numbers in Worthington, Franklin County, and statewide are prompting urgent reminders from public health officials to stay diligent about practicing safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The increase in positive cases is being attributed to community spread, as well as people gathering at social events or in smaller groups with friends and family who are not in their immediate household. Previously the majority of new cases were tied to congregate living situations, such as long-term care facilities, but now the increase is mainly due to spread in the community at large. 

In Worthington, the number of cases has risen by 17 in the past week. As of Friday, October 16, 2020, the City of Worthington has 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents with 42 of those in long term care facilities.

Statewide, case numbers hit record highs this week with three straight days of new case counts over 2,000. Governor DeWine announced that Franklin County has moved back up to level 3, or red in the State's public health advisory system. 29 counties are at level red, which indicates very high exposure risk and spread. You are advised to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders and safety protocols.

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

state indicators guidance graphic

October 10 - Worthington Case Numbers show Increasing Community Spread

Worthington's daily case numbers are increasing and officials with Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, warn that the upward trend is reflective of community spread. Previously the majority of new cases were tied to long-term care facilities, but now the increase is mainly due to spread in the community at large. The number of cases in Worthington has risen by 15 in the past week. As of Saturday, October 10, 2020, the City of Worthington has 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents with 42 of those in long term care facilities. 

Cases are also on the rise in Franklin County and across the state. In Ohio, Friday’s case number of 1,840 is the highest one-day case increase the state has recorded since the pandemic began.

As students are back in school, restaurants and businesses are open, and many people may be gathering with friends and family, it is important to remember to stay safe and follow all safety requirements and guidelines

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Public health experts stress that as we enter the colder winter months and people are spending more time indoors, the risk of spread is also increasing. Please do your part to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

October 9 - Get your Flu Shot

Flu shot clinic graphic for webGetting a flu shot is more important than ever this year to protect your health and the health of those around you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worthington residents can visit any of the drive-thru clinics listed here to get a free flu shot. Two clinics take place in Worthington at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, on October 27 from 9am to 3pm and October 28 from Noon to 6pm, however, Worthington residents can get their free flu shot at any of the locations and times listed. Participants are reminded to wear their masks when they pull through the drive-thru and also to bring their insurance card if they have coverage. No one will pay regardless of whether or not they have insurance. See full details here.

October 9 - COVID-19 Prevention at the Polls

COVID prevention at pollsWhen voting in-person early or on Election Day, voters need to follow all safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure to wear your mask and maintain at least a six-foot distance between the people in line around you and poll workers. The Franklin County Early Voting Center and all polling locations will have personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies available and in use.

Ohio Secretary of State COVID-19 Voting Safety Directives

CDC Considerations for Voting Locations

Worthington Voters Information - Make a Voting Plan

October 9 - Worthington Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

As of October 9, 2020, the City of Worthington has 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We remain at 43 deaths reported of Worthington residents. 42 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 October 9, 2020, there are 22,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the CPH jurisdiction. There have been a total of 483 deaths in the CPH jurisdiction.

See more information on testing opportunities and the full data report from Columbus Public Health 

October 9 - Franklin County remains at Level 2 (Orange)

Governor DeWine announced on Thursday, October 8, that Franklin County remains at  Level 2 (Orange) in the State's COVID-19 public health advisory system. The State of Ohio is seeing an increase in cases with 58 counties indicated as orange, or at an increased level of spread, and 18 counties indicated as red, or a very high risk of exposure and spread. This is the highest number of red counties since July 23, 2020 and the highest number of orange counties since the color advisory system was introduced. 

Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain safe physical distance between those around you.