Polk County Senior Services to cut back operations amid coronavirus

Published 1:22 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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Effective Monday, March 16, Polk County Senior Services will be operating on a limited basis. The decision is in keeping with guidance from public health officials recommending social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All activities at our centers will be cancelled and we will be closed to the public. We will continue to operate our Meals on Wheels Program and our Reassurance Program. Lunch will still be served on weekdays at our Columbus and Green Creek sites but will be offered to participants using a drive-thru method. We request that you call before 10:00 a.m. to reserve a to-go meal each day. Staff will still be reporting during normal business hours and can be contacted at 828-894-0001 for assistance.

As a reminder, the most important thing we can all do is to practice good hygiene habits, including staying home at the first sign of illness for you or your family – and that the best prevention against any virus is to wash our hands often with water and soap for at least 20-seconds.

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The CDC is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:
• Stay at home as much as possible.
• Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
• Avoid crowds.
• If you are sick, call your provider before visiting your doctor.

Polk County Senior Services will continue to work closely with the Polk County Public Health Division and NC Division of Aging and Adult Services to monitor the latest developments about COVID-19 and keep our members and staff safe and healthy.

Submitted by Haley Suskauer