February 2021 Updates
February 26 - Get COVID-19 Vaccine Text Updates
Text VaxCbus to 888777
Columbus Public Health is launching a new text message system for Columbus and Worthington residents to get the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability for eligible groups. People can text “VaxCbus” to 888777 to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates. The Columbus Public Health website and social media accounts will continue to be updated with the latest information on the vaccine.
Columbus Public Health is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine strategically and equitably in our community following Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines. As more vaccine becomes available, any adult who wants one will be able to get vaccinated as well. The timeframe for general public distribution will be determined by vaccine availability and ODH guidelines.
When your priority group is opened, you will be able to get vaccinated at Columbus Public Health’s drive-thru vaccination clinic, your health care provider, or retail pharmacy outlet. See a list of providers at https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Learn more about COVID-19 at www.columbus.gov/coronavirus.
February 26 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Several months ago, we conducted a community coronavirus survey and now, nearly a year into the ongoing pandemic, we want to check in once more to learn how you and your family are managing. Even if you completed the previous survey, we hope you will take it again to update us on how the situation may have changed for you since the start of the new year.
As a token of our appreciation, when you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing for a Worthington Community Center day pass (100 available).
The information you share will be used to help the City of Worthington and other organizations serving the greater Worthington area to understand the continuing impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the people in our community. Your responses, along with the responses of others in our community, will help us to identify current areas of need and continue to guide our response to this ongoing crisis.
We will not ask for any information that would personally identify you. The survey should take you about 12 minutes to complete. The last day to take the survey will be Sunday, March 21.
Thank you for your time!
This survey is presented in partnership with the City of Worthington, Community Relations Commission, Griswold Center, I Am Boundless, McConnell Arts Center, Northwest Counseling Services, United Methodist Church, Worthington Libraries, Worthington Parks & Recreation, Worthington Resource Pantry, and Worthington Schools.
The Worthington Partnership is proud to announce the new Worthington Dollars eGift Card, a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Worthington Dollars e-Gift Card here to use at any of the participating shops in Worthington.
Worthington has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services, and entertainment in one place. Use the Worthington Dollars, an eGift card at all participating locations in the city — there is truly something for everyone!
Our friends at FCBank have donated funds to cover bonus dollars for our launch of this new program. While supplies last, buy $100 in Worthington Dollars and receive a bonus gift of $25 courtesy of FCBank.
February 19 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
February 11 - State Curfew Expires
Governor Mike DeWine announced that the State Curfew that has been in place since November 2020 has expired and will not be renewed unless pandemic conditions worsen again. He previously said that if daily hospitalization numbers are below 2,500 for seven days in a row the curfew would be lifted. The State has seen daily hospitalization rates below 2,500 for 10 days in a row as of today. This means that restaurants and bars are able to remain open later for patrons and people are not mandated to stay home during the overnight hours.
Although case numbers are going in the right direction, health experts advise that we cannot let our guard down or ease up on mask-wearing and social distancing measures. There is still much uncertainty about new variant coronavirus strains and how they may impact our communities. The risk of exposure and spread is still extremely high. Please remember to always wear a mask, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you're sick, and only gather with people who live in your own household.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says wearing your mask properly is key to stopping the spread. They advise that double masking may stop the spread even more effectively. It is also important to wear your mask snugly against your face so that there are no gaps to allow droplets to escape or enter.
February 11 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
February 11 - Vaccine Update
February 5 - Identity Theft Warning
February 5 - Worthington tops 1,000 total COVID-19 Cases
February 5 - Vaccine Updates
February 5 - State Curfew remains at 11pm - Stay at Home Advisory Expires Saturday
The State Curfew will remain in place from 11pm to 5am for another week, as Governor DeWine and State Health officials continue to evaluate falling hospitalization and case numbers. If the daily hospitalization goes below 2,500 people for seven days in a row, the curfew will be lifted. Track daily hospitalization numbers here.
Because of a reduction in case numbers, Columbus and Franklin County Public Health will not renew the Stay at Home Advisory, which expires on Saturday, February 6th. They note that although the numbers are going in the right direction, it is important to remember that Franklin County remains red in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and the risk of exposure and spread is still extremely high. Please remember to always wear a mask, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you're sick and only gather with people who live in your own household.
February 1 - Vaccine Updates
Search here for providers by county and zip code. Each provider is managing its own reservation system.
Columbus Public Health & Franklin County Public Health
Columbus and Franklin County Public Health have a limited supply of vaccine and may pause scheduling of appointments based on current supply conditions. Check for the latest updates on social media or through the links below.