Village officials are getting regular updates from regional and local public health and emergency management officials about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Important information will be posted here as appropriate. Residents may also text COVID19FC to 888-777 for regular updates from Franklin County Emergency Management.
During the COVID-19 emergency public meetings, including Village Council and Planning Commission meetings, will be held via Zoom teleconference in accordance with the guidelines outlined in House Bill 197. Information about how to connect will be posted here in advance of the meetings.
Emergency services in Riverlea have not been affected by the pandemic, although first responders are taking precautions to protect themselves from exposure. When possible Worthington Police will be handling non-emergency calls over the phone rather than in person to protect their officers from unnecessary exposure. Emergency dispatchers will be asking an additional layer of questions to determine if there’s a risk of coronavirus exposure. Residents should not call 911 if they suspect that they have coronavirus symptoms unless they’re having trouble breathing. Please contact your primary care physician instead.
Closures and cancellations
COTA has waived bus fares for all riders and is asking people to use buses for essential travel only. Buses are being boarded from the rear to protect drivers from unnecessary exposure, and hand sanitizer is available on all buses. Masks are required, and they are transitioning to a contactless payment system. Changes have been made to a number of routes to adapt to changed commuting patterns and personnel availability. So far those changes haven’t affected the line that runs to Riverlea (#102) but that could change. The latest information is available at the COTA website.
The Worthington Memorial Day parade and July 4th fireworks display have tentatively been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. The Worthington Community Center, Worthington Libraries, the Griswold Center, and the McConnell Arts Center are closed “until further notice.” The libraries are now offering curbside pickup for items that were reserved before March 13, and expect to roll out curbside service for new reserves soon. The Worthington Farmers Market is offering a pre-order and pick up service for some of its vendors; more information is available on their Facebook page.
How to help
This is a good time to check in with friends and neighbors (by phone or email) to see how they’re doing and ask if they need anything. You may also contact Mayor Eric MacGilvray if you’re in need or willing and able to help someone who’s in need.
COhatch has organized a shopping and delivery service, “COhatch Delivers,” for residents who are in need. People who would like to volunteer to help can sign up here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People who are in need of deliveries can make a request here or email email@example.com.
Worthington Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch to needy families. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about coronavirus