KEYSER - Aging & Family Services of Mineral County will continue to provide hot meals at their senior centers, but tables and seats will be arranged farther apart in an effort to discourage the potential spread of viruses.

KEYSER - Aging & Family Services of Mineral County will continue to provide hot meals at their senior centers, but tables and seats will be arranged farther apart in an effort to discourage the potential spread of viruses.
“COVID-19 appears to cause more serious illness in older persons and those with underlying health conditions,” A&FS director Scott Mallery said in a release Tuesday.
“Therefore, senior programs play an essential role in preparing to respond to COVID-19.”
Because of this concern for the area’s elderly and disabled, Aging & Family Services will implemented the following policies as of Monday:
 
In-Home Care:
All in-home care programs will operate as usual.  Both clients and workers should be provided with procedures to protect themselves and others. 
Several flyers were posted to the A&FS Facebook page that covers this information.  If a worker or client shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or comes into contact with someone with these signs, they should contact the office by phone (not in person) and contact their health care provider and the health department.  They should not return to work (employee) or have services continue (client) until they have been cleared.
 
Meals programs (nutrition):
All non-essential activities at the county’s Senior Centers are suspended effective immediately. 
In addition, employees will implement ways to provide social distancing and offer limited physical contact at the centers. 
“We will reduce the number of chairs at each table and encourage members to not socialize before or after they eat,” Mallery said. “Congregate meals will still be served at our centers.”
Meals will be served for a duration of one hour between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 4:30  – 5:30 p.m. on evening meals, so that all clients will not be in the room at the same time. 
Meals will be served in styrofoam containers so that anyone will be allowed to take the meals home. 
If a congregate consumer wishes to pull up to the side door they will be available to take the meal in a “get and go” type service. These meals will still be counted as a congregate C-1 meal. 
No one exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 - steady cough, fever or shortness of breath - will be allowed to eat their meal in the center.  These individuals will be offered shelf-stable emergency meals in a package of five.
Home-delivered meals will continue to be provided.  Clients will be contacted in advance, and the meal may be left at the doorway for the client to pick up.
If the client is unable to physically get the meal, they should leave their door unlocked, and the driver will place the meals on a counter or table.  Each driver will have a helper during this time and will call each client as they approach their home/apartment.
 
Transportation:
All transportation will be suspended, at least through the end of April. Clients will be referred to the PVTA Ready Ride or through family/friends
 
Office/Senior Centers
Visitors to the A&FS offices and senior centers will be limited to essential business – clients and employees.  This includes scheduled fingerprinting.  All non-essential business, including inquiries, should be directed to contact staff by telephone 304-788-5467 or e-mails. 
Until further notice, staff should reduce face-to-face contact, especially in small offices. 
Any employee that is feeling ill or under the weather should stay home.