City suspends programs for seniors

Mayor Linda Gorton today announced the city will suspend programs for seniors, effective Friday, March 13, because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Beginning on Friday, there will be no programming for seniors at the Senior Center, the Charles Young Center, the Bell House, or Black and Williams Center, which hosts Elder Crafters. The centers will be closed to the public.

“Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “The CDC recommends people over the age of 60, and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes, stay at home as much as possible. We know this virus is most dangerous for our seniors. We need to take steps to protect them.”

While the programming is suspended, staff members’ responsibilities will shift to involve more outreach to seniors at home. Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, which works with the City, will deliver lunch to seniors who depend on the meals at the Senior Center.

Gorton said the programming will be reinstated as soon as possible. “We know our seniors enjoy these programs, and we hope to get them back online as soon as we get past the threat of this virus,” she said.

COVID-19 testing today revealed no new cases, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. There are still a total of 8 positive cases statewide.