April 28 - Mask Guidance Updated for Fully Vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control has updated mask guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask outside, except in crowded settings. Learn more here
Vaccines are now available with or without an appointment. Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links:
April 28 - Updated Quarantine Guidance
April 23 - No Appointments Needed for COVID-19 Vaccines
April 15 - Franklin County moves to Purple Level
Franklin County has moved back to the highest level 4, or purple, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System meaning there is an extreme risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. The increasing case numbers and COVID-19 related healthcare utilizations, including emergency department, outpatient visits and hospitalizations, are being reported at a concerning rate. The Ohio Department of Health cites COVID-19 variants as major contributors to the increase. Variants are known to be more transmissible and can cause serious illness and potentially death.
Vaccine appointments are now readily available. People are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and help friends and family members schedule appointments. Options for scheduling include primary care providers or hospital systems, pharmacies, or public health agencies:
The rising case numbers are a reminder to be vigilant and continue following safety precautions, including wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings, staying six feet apart from others, and washing your hands frequently.
April 13 - Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution Paused
Special Event Decisions
Worthington Farmers Market Returns to Historic District with Expanded Layout and Safety Protocols
April 9 - Franklin County back on Watch List for Extreme Risk of COVID-19 Spread
COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and other indicators are on the rise again, prompting Franklin County to be placed back on the watch list for a risk of severe exposure and spread of COVID-19. If numbers continue to go up, Franklin County could be back to the highest Level 4 "purple" designation next week.
Our public health partners are reminding citizens to remain focused on vaccinations and preventing the spread,
- Wear a mask
- Avoid large gatherings
- Stay 6 feet apart from others not in your household
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
There is more vaccine in the community every day and heath partners are encouraging all residents 16 and older to find an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are able, we encourage you to reach out to your family, friends and neighbors to see if they need help finding or scheduling an appointment. Options for scheduling appointments include through primary care providers or hospital systems, or these public health agencies: