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450 Senior Centers Will Close Due To Coronvirus Fears

Mar 20, 2020

The Martin Janis Senior Center in Columbus is one of 450 that will close by state order on Monday.
Credit columbus.gov

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the the state's senior centers and daycare facilties will close at the end of the day on Monday.  

State officials have been in close talks with providers this week to find replacements for seniors services.  Patrons of the state's  senior dining centers will instead recieve meals delivered to their homes, through organizations like meals on wheels.  The governor admitted closing senior daycare centers will be more problematic, but is necessary to slow the spread of coronavirus among a vulenerable population.

"These centers provide very very important care for some of our seniors.  Seniors who cannot stay at home by themselves.  Seniors who live generally with family members, and the family meners are gone during the day, working.  This provides assistance for the seniors and assistance for the family members. Again, our grave concern is about the danger of those seniors being together, and the spread of disease." 

In the past two weeks, DeWine has ordered all K-12 schools closed though the beginning of April.  The Ohio Department of Health has restaurants and bars except for carryout service, as well as gyms,  bowling alleys, rec centers, movie theaters, water parks, trampoline parks, and most mass gatherings of 50 people or more.