Scottville senior center closes again.

November 12, 2020

Scottville senior center closes again.

SCOTTVILLE — After being open only two weeks, the Scottville Area Senior Center is closing for visitors again due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.

“Reports of serious Covid outbreaks in west Michigan have caused us to reluctantly suspend in-center activities again,” said Bill Kerans, senior center director. “Our guests have done everything right over the past two weeks, observing our safety precautions with good spirit and enjoying being together again.”

“While we have not seen any evidence of positive cases at the center, we cannot ignore the hightened risk that has become evident in recent days. In order to protect the health and safety of everyone associated with SASC we have decided to be proactive. We expect this to continue until at least the end of the year, and will re-evaluate at that time.”

The senior center’s county-wide programs—in-home homemaker and respite services, and medical transportation—will continue for now on a limited basis for those who choose to participate. However, transportation will be limited to local doctor appointments, in order to protect both passengers and volunteer drivers from prolonged contact in a vehicle.

“We will also revert to our previous methods of serving our seniors outside the center, including food box distribution, phone calls, email and social media,” Kerans added. “We are adding take-out lunches for people to pick up, thanks to our colleagues at Mason County Central Food Services. We are also initiating online exercise and group meetings. We encourage people to call 231-757-4705 for lunch reservations and other information.”

“We are sorry to have to close again after such a brief time, but we think the surge in Covid cases has increased the risk to unacceptable levels.”

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