Health officials in Lake County recommend keeping senior centers closed until next year

Lake County General Health District
Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 16:20:31-04

MENTOR, Ohio — The Lake County General Health District has recommended that senior centers in the county remain closed until next year, the agency said in a news release Tuesday.

Health officials are calling for the closure to remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2021, which at that time, officials will reassess the plan to determine if the opening date needs to be pushed back any further.

“Continued closures will minimize risk, prevent morbidity and mortality, and allow the time necessary for centers to develop proper testing protocols and safety measures, train staff, and monitor the burden of COVID-19 on Lake County’s most at-risk residents. Limited appointment-only services at senior centers may be approved on a case-by-cases basis,” the agency stated in the release.

The health district said that it made the recommendation after weighing factors such as availability of COVID-19 testing for staff members and visitors, flu season projections, senior center staffing needs and case status in Lake County and surrounding counties.

According to the agency, health officials will work with senior centers located in the county on re-opening plans.

More information can be found here.

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