|A Letter to our Community,
To our consumers and partner agencies – we are in this together. We understand our population is one of the at-risk groups for contracting this virus. Our staff is here to help.
Senior Centers Inc. is extending these tips and local resources to stay healthy during this uncertain time. Please note: This information does not take the place of information from your doctor. These are methods suggested by the CDC. If you feel sick, call your primary care doctor.
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not sure how long 20 seconds is, try singing the “Happy Birthday” song two times. If you do not have soap and water handy, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol in it. Rub your hands together until they feel dry.
2. Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands if possible.
3. Try to keep at least 6 feet away from people. This is what is meant by “social distancing.”
4. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze with a tissue or by using the inside of your elbow.
5. If you are sick, please stay home so you don’t infect others. If you have to be around others, wear a facemask if you can. Please visit our website to view steps on what to do if you think you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Now may be the time to review your personal emergency plan. A personal emergency plan is developed in case of medical emergency or disaster. It connects people close to you and provides a back-up care plan for yourself or others you care for. If you need food or assistance now, United Way of Greater Toledo can help. Call 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, or chat online.
We know that public transportation is a lifeline for our consumers. Currently, TARTA is running on a Level III service. Services will run on a Saturday schedule with lineups beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 pm. Lineups will also run every hour and a half. CallARide services are cancelled until further notice and TARPS rides will be limited to essential trips only. Reach out to your family, neighbors, or faith community to request groceries or medication.
In this time of uncertainty, we must depend on others to limit our exposure and decrease our chances for contracting the virus.
LOCAL GROCERY STORES
If you feel necessary to go out, please visit this news article to view local stores dedicating hours to older adults or those with disabilities to shop.
Be proactive about preventing the disease, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for assistance.