COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: May 21, 2021
As a partner in promoting public health, and ensuring the safety and well-being of Whitehall residents, the City of Whitehall is continually engaging with the State of Ohio and Franklin County Public Health as the situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. Note that regular updates are made to this page, so please check back frequently.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

Franklin County has been downgraded to a Level 3 (Red) Public Emergency for COVID-19. A Level 3 Health Alert indicates:

  • Very high exposure and spread.
  • That residents should limit activities as much as possible.
  • That all current health orders must be followed including wearing a face covering, social distancing, limiting large group gatherings to no more than 10 individuals, staying home when sick, washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

  • Eligibility: Ohioans over the age of 12 are now eligible to get the vaccine. Check your eligibility here. 
  • Mass Vaccination Sites: The State is opening mass vaccination sites throughout Ohio. Learn more and register for an appointment here. 
  • Franklin County Public Health Vaccination Clinic: For those interested in receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the clinic operated by Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), please stay tuned to the FCPH website for openings and scheduling information. 

City Hall Now Reopened to the Public 

City Hall reopened to the public in April, and with the Ohio Department of Health's second amended health order issued on May 14, health safety protocols have been adjusted for City facilities. 

Before visiting a City facility (City Hall, the Police or Fire Station, etc.), please note that face coverings are required of all guests that are not fully vaccinated.  A “fully vaccinated” individual is greater than two weeks past having a complete COVID-19 vaccine regime (one or two doses). This does not include individuals who have had the COVID-19 virus, but who have not completed a COVID-19 vaccine regime.

Impact on City Operations

  1. Mayor's Court
  2. Police and Fire 
  3. safe station
  4. Building permits and plan review
  5. Council Meetings
  6. Parks & Recreation

Mayor's Court

Mayor’s Court will continue in-person at City Hall on Tuesdays, with mandatory text-to-check-in. Face coverings are mandatory for all non-vaccinated Mayor’s Court visitors.  

MANDATORY: Text (740) 791-0883 with your first and last name and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to check-in

In an effort to maintain best practices for social distancing, Mayor’s Court has now implemented a mandatory text-to-check-in feature. When you arrive for court please text your first and last name and the last four digits of your social security number to (740) 791-0883 and you will receive a confirmation back stating that you have been checked in. Should the clerk require more information, they will reply as needed. When they are ready for you in court, you will receive a text message directing you to proceed through the main entrance and directly into the courtroom. You may also text any questions you may have for the Court office. There may be some delay in responses, so we thank you for your patience.

For more information on courts in Franklin County please reference the following websites:

Reporting Complaints

As the Statewide Mask Order is in place, along with other continued safety guidelines, the City and Division of Police recognize that you may have questions about compliance, or may even want to report that your employer or another business is not fully following the order. Questions can be directed to the Ohio Department of Health by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH, and complaints can be filed with Franklin County Public Health here. Please do not call the Division of Police with these complaints, as the matter is being being handled by Franklin County Public Health. 

Community Resources

We’re all in this together. The City recognizes that there are many in our community who may be immunocompromised, elderly, impoverished or otherwise unable to access food, medication and other resources during this crisis. Visit the COVID-19 Resource page for the following information: 

  • A form to request assistance
  • Senior resources
  • Student resources
  • Unemployment application information
  • Food banks 
  • A list of local restaurants carry-out/delivery options
  • A list of local grocery stores, noting those that offer curbside pick-up and special senior hours