Gov. DeWine orders community senior centers and seniors day care facilities closed on Monday

Posted at 4:08 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 16:08:40-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday that he is signing an executive order that will close all community senior centers and facilities providing older adult day care services to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. The order will go into effect at the close of business on Monday.

“I'm assured that each center has taken care to ensure that those who depend on food will get it. It will be delivered to their homes,” DeWine said.

Programs like congregate feeding programs and seniors lunches will continue, DeWine said.

Other services provided by these community centers, such as transportation for seniors, may continue, and DeWine said he hopes that they do.

The other part of DeWine's executive order would close senior day care centers, which provide care for seniors who cannot stay home by themselves.

DeWine said he has signaled to senior care providers that this order would be coming, and he said they have made provisions for the senior citizens of Ohio who use these facilities.

DeWine's announcement did not include nursing homes or assisted living facilities, which are open, but closed to visitors, with limited exceptions for end-of-life.

News 5 will provide an update once the executive order is released.

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