Council on Aging statement on Coronavirus03/12/2020

In light of recent conflicting information and heightened awareness regarding COVID-19, Council on Aging of West Florida issues the following statement pertaining to ongoing programs, services and trainings: 

Right now, we are continuing to operate our activities and programs, including our congregate services such as meal sites and day care, as normal, with special precaution to cleanliness and sanitation. We are also mandating that all of our transport vehicles be sanitized after each and every use. The guidance we have been issued from the State Department of Elder Affairs is to continue serving our elder adults with the added recommendation that all clients and workers take extra precautionary steps around advanced hygiene as advised by the CDC. If a client or worker were to be diagnosed with COVID-19, we would alert the Florida Department of Health, our local Area Agency on Aging and the State Department of Elder Affairs to determine if closing a site or executing congregate activities at home would be appropriate, but that has not happened. We also note that none of Council on Aging’s congregate activities approaches the 250-person threshold for large events set by the World Health Organization, with the largest site serving about 70 senior adults on a given day. 

This statement of activities could change at any moment based on new information from the Florida Department of Health, the Area Agency on Aging or the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and we will continue to keep the community updated on any adjustment to programs or services.


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