Worthington survey seeks feedback on coronavirus effects

GARY SEMAN JR.
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The Worthington coronavirus-recovery survey asks city and school district residents and members of the business community how local officials can provide services that would make things easier during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The survey is available at research.net/r/worth-ington-covid.

Worthington residents are being asked how they have been affected personally by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Worthington coronavirus-recovery survey, which went live earlier in August, also asks city and school district residents and members of the business community how local officials can provide services that would make things easier during the pandemic.

The survey is available at research.net/r/worthington-covid. It takes about 12 minutes to complete and will be available until Sept. 15.

It was borne from discussions dating back to March 18, when city offices were closed, followed by a March 22 stay-at-home order announced by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Lisa Fuller, director of community engagement for Worthington Libraries and the city's liaison to residents, said the survey will be used to create building blocks for services during the ongoing pandemic.

"From the library's perspective, it's about knowing more about Wi-Fi people have in their homes," Fuller said. "Do we need to add more hot spots, homework help and job help?"

Data from the survey should be released in October, she said.

Fuller said she is optimistic that a large number of residents will respond to the survey.

"If we're talking about the entire (school) district, I would like 5,000 responses," she said. "I think that would be great."

David McCorkle, economic-development director for Worthington, is the liaison for the business community.

McCorkle said discussions have been ongoing with business leaders, who at first expressed a desire to keep their employees and customers safe and then let the community know commerce was flowing.

That in particular led to the formation of Responsible Business Opening & Operations Team Worthington – ReBOOT Worthington – and the local "We're Open" marketing campaign for the city's commercial corridors, he said.

"We didn't just create a bunch of programs and hope they fit our business community," McCorkle said.

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