March 20: Center Extends Closing Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The Hollywood Senior Center will now close through March 31 and possibly longer. If we do reopen in April, our programming will look very different given our population and the recommendation from the state and federal government that gatherings of older adults (those 60 and older) should be limited to 10 and under. It is in the best interest of everyone that we implement social distancing as much as possible during this time to help slow the pace of the virus and reduce risk. 

Hollywood Senior Center continues to be proactive in reducing the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Recognizing that the population we serve is in a higher risk category, it’s even more critical that we enact policy and procedures to protect those around us. We want to be sure we continue to be transparent in our communication and keep you updated on recent developments. 

Today, a partner organization that meets monthly at the Hollywood Senior Center notified us that one of their senior committee members tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was at the Hollywood Senior Center Wednesday, March 11, in the afternoon. The individual was asymptomatic at the time. Symptoms appeared on Tuesday, March 17.
 
Because this is the first confirmed case associated with the Hollywood Senior Center, we felt it was important that we share this update. We understand that this individual has self-isolated and is currently at home recovering. Out of respect for this individual, we ask that we all honor their privacy and avoid sharing details publicly in social media, creating speculation, shaming and adding panic.

We do ask that if you were in the Center on March 11 to take extra safety precautions at this time. For accurate and up-to-date information about the virus, please refer to Multnomah County’s dedicated Covid-19 information. We also wanted to share that effective March 9, the Hollywood Senior Center has had nightly thorough cleanings of the facility. These cleanings continue even while we are closed. 

Since closing our physical doors, HSC Staff has shifted our service delivery model to provide critical support to case-managed clients remotely. Staff are committed to communicating regularly with clients to assure that they have the necessary support and resources they need. Hollywood Senior Center Staff is now working remotely, but will continue to respond to emails and voice messages.
 
We have been so fortunate to receive an outpouring of support from community members who have offered to provide telephone reassurance and letter correspondence to isolated older adults during this time.

These community efforts bring much-needed joy and comfort to isolated seniors. This week, two community members delivered canned foods and toilet paper to a low-income senior apartment complex in dire need of these staples. These acts of kindness and generosity carry so much weight during this challenging and uncertain time. 

We are also actively working to shift some of our onsite activities to virtual programming so that you can continue to participate in the classes and groups at the Hollywood Senior Center that you enjoy and benefit from. We’re looking at creative ways to offer programming to our participants who are at home and craving social, emotional, physical, and intellectual connection. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.

Hoping you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We miss all of you and look forward to returning to our regular schedule when it is possible.

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