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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.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health directed all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following a recommendation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The recommendation was made after six people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S. experienced an extremely rare blood-clotting condition. More information from the CDC
People who are currently scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should contact their vaccine provider. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines remain available. All people age 16 and up are now eligible. Appointments are available using the State's central scheduling portal at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or can be made through primary care providers and hospital systems or public health agencies.
What to know before, during, and after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
The City of Worthington continues to work with event organizers and our partners at Columbus Public Health to evaluate the feasibility and health protocols required for special events to be held safely and in compliance with State Health Orders and best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Read more about what goes into Special Event decisions in this special column published in This Week News
As of April 14, 2021, the City of Worthington has 1,107 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have sadly been 52 Worthington residents who have died due to the coronavirus. 48 of those people lived in long-term care settings. Our sincere sympathies are with the friends and families of those Worthington residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.
As of April 14, 2021, there are 86,282 confirmed cases in the Columbus Public Health (CPH) jurisdiction, which includes Worthington. 1,033 people in the CPH jurisdiction have died.
See CPH resources and updates here