CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19
Coronavirus COVID-19 Plan at Del Norte Senior Center
The effects of COVID-19 on those over age 60 are much more serious than in the younger population. Elders, and anyone with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems are at even greater risk of serious complications and fatal outcomes. The stay-at-home orders have not been lifted for those over age 60 or those with underlying health conditions. For that reason, the Del Norte Senior Center is not among the services or facilities that will be opening up under the phased plan approved for Del Norte County by the California Department of Public Health. We must be especially diligent in protecting the health and well-being of those we serve and will continue to offer limited-contact or no-contact services as follows:
1. SENIOR NUTRITION: Our home-delivered meals program continues with maximum attention paid to both participant and employee safety. Our onsite, congregate meals program has been converted to a take-out service. We encourage participants to come to the Senior Center and pick up a packaged meal to-go. Others who normally participate in the congregate meal program, but who can’t come to pick up a meal because they aren’t feeling well or have severe transportation limitations can have meals delivered to them.
4. ENERGY SERVICES: Utility assistance services are available to all income-qualifying households. Applications can be obtained on the Energy Assistance tab on this website and at the Senior Center. We have suspended in-person eligibility interviews to meet physical distancing guidelines. We will still process applications as long as we receive a completed, signed application and are provided all of the documentation necessary to establish eligibility. Our low-income household weatherization program was already on hold for other reasons. We are waiting on guidance from the state on how to resume these services safely.
6. All social and recreational activities have been canceled until further notice. This includes yoga, chair exercises, card groups, crafts groups, special presentations, etc. We can’t guarantee the recommended social distancing between participants in these activities to keep everyone safe from virus transmission. During this time, we encourage those who regularly socialize at the Senior Center to continue to keep in touch with each other by phone, social media or video chat. We will have staff or volunteers call as many folks as we can with check-in calls and to help make sure your needs are being met. No one should feel like they are in this alone.
Anyone with questions related to our programs may call our main telephone line, (707) 464-3069 and ask for telephone assistance with the specific program: Nutrition Program: Ext 203 Energy Program: Ext 207 Information and Assistance: Ext 208
Limiting access to the Senior Center is an unprecedented decision for an unprecedented time. We each have within us the choice to continue to support each other through this time, even at a distance. Please reach out if you need assistance.
During these confusing times, please be sure to get information from trusted, science-based sources. Don't rely on social media, political sources or rumors that aren't grounded in credible medical information.
HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION
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Click here for the latest orders and updates from Del Norte County’s Public Health Officer.
Click here for the latest Del Norte County statistics and for links to other reliable COVID-19 resources.
Click here for statewide information from the California Department of Public Health.
Click here for Centers for Disease Control information about COVID-19 vaccines.
Click here for information on rental assistance for landlords and tenants.
Click here for information on assistance with energy bills and home heating fuel.