LOWVILLE, NY — The Lewis County Office for the Aging is informing the community that as of Monday, March 16, 2020, we are temporarily suspending service at our congregate meal sites and all public events hosted by the office for the remainder of March and all of April 2020. OFA operates six congregate dining sites throughout the county located in Harrisville, Croghan, Lowville, Copenhagen, Lyons Falls, and Osceola.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible”.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
• Older adults
• People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
o Heart disease
o Lung disease
Due to these factors, and the advice of the CDC, Lewis County Office for the Aging and Lewis County Public Health has made the proactive decision to do all we can to prevent the spread of infection through closing the meal sites until we have a better understanding of the coronavirus and how it may impact our community. Our top priority is the health and well being of older adults in Lewis County.
Lewis County Office for the Aging will be offering home delivered meals to anyone over sixty years of age who would typically attend a meal site. OFA is also encouraging any person over sixty who is following advice and staying home AND does not have adequate food at home to contact OFA to begin home delivered meals. OFA is temporarily being flexible with eligibility requirements for home delivered meals to meet the needs of all older adults in our community.
Please call OFA at 315-376-5313 for more information on home delivered meals and services in general.
If you have questions about the coronavirus please call your doctor or Lewis County Public Health at 315-376-5453.