Taos County senior centers close to prevent coronavirus exposure

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Due to the concerns over  COVID–19, all four Taos County senior centers will be closed until April 30. 

Centers closed Friday (March 13) but staff is working to ensure meals still get delivered to the seniors at their homes as well as at the center.

“People are showing up and they’re not too happy,” said senior center director Mike Trujillo. “Its a sad state of affairs.”

Seniors will still be able to stop by the various senior centers at 11 a.m. for lunch. Meals will be provided in a drive-up fashion for those interested. Meals will be take-home only due to the closure of the centers. No meals will be served inside the centers. 

“I don’t know how this is going to affect me,” said senior center regular Joe Cisneros. “It’s one less place I’ll be going. I come here for the social part, really.”

Many seniors showed up for lunch Friday unaware of the new closures but were thankful for the staff’s efforts to continue serving food. 

Seniors who are planning to stop by to pick up meals are encouraged to call the center 24 hours in advance if they would like a meal, or let the center know if they plan to pick up meals for the entire week.  Lunch is free for seniors with a suggested donation of $1.50.

“I like the social part of [the senior center] but I understand what is going on in the world,” said Carmel Manzanares about the situation.

In addition, staff will be conducting welfare checks but the Area Agency on Aging has recommended no more than two people traveling at a time. 

"We're going to have to play this by ear," Trujillo said.

If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus infection, stay home and call the state health department help line at  1-855-600-3453.  
Find the latest information, precautions, recommendations and contact numbers regarding COVID-19 at the New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus site and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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