Senior Center Close COVID

A senior approaches the doors of the Frederick Senior Center on Taney Avenue to find the center closed in respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Frederick County senior centers are closed and activities are canceled until further notice.

All senior centers in Frederick County have been closed, County Executive Jan Gardner announced Thursday.

The temporary closure was announced “out of an abundance of caution” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.

The closings are effective immediately, according to the release.

Frederick County’s senior centers are in Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick and Urbana. All activities, programs and events are canceled until further notice.

The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver two meals a day to homebound adults, Monday through Friday, or adults of any age with a chronic health condition or disability who meet program eligibility guidelines and live in Frederick County, according to the release.

Frederick County Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer also encouraged people to try to reduce the potential for seniors to be in contact with people who are ill. That can help prevent more cases, she said.

Senior Services Division offices will remain open and staff will be available to answer questions at 301-600-1234.

(5) comments

jayel86

They really need to stop using the word "pandemic" for what amounts to a common cold.

gabrielshorn2013

I dont know what your credentials are, but they are clearly not in Microbiology, virology, epidemiology, or any public health related field. This is the classical definition of a pandemic found in any Microbiology text:

"A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”.

Do you see anything in this definition regarding a mortality threshold? Nope. A severity threshold? Nope. The SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 is, in fact, a pandemic. Stop already.

MCP2016

Maybe the senior centers should partner with the schools/organizations that have had parades and band performances cancelled and have the kids give performances for the senior centers in their parking lots so the seniors can watch from the windows and the kids can safely display their talents with an audience.

DickD

This is escalating very fast. Are nursing homes and adult day care centersgoing to close too?

awteam2000

With no direction on the national level it’s extremely commendable that local leadership has stepped up to protection our elderly.

But, if what I heard in the president‘s ‘pointing the finger’ talk last night, it fell far short. Closing the gates after the barbarians have already arrived, isn’t a plan. Its been 2months with no organized testing to suppress the spread of the virus.

Precisely what is the national plans? - Directives, preventions, social mediation,recommendations on how the government is going to address, protect, data to understand who’s at risk - national plans to protect the US citizenship from passing or being consumed by the Coronavirus?

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