KEYSER - With COVID-19 spreading quickly across the United States, and officially now here in Mineral County, caring for our most vulnerable is a priority.

By Barbara High
bhigh@newstribune.info
Tribune Staff Writer
KEYSER - With COVID-19 spreading quickly across the United States, and officially now here in Mineral County, caring for our most vulnerable is a priority.
Since elderly fall into this category, additional precautions have been placed for those who deal specifically with them.
 The Potomac Heights Apartment Complex, also known as the High Rise, is a living facility for those 62 years of age and older. With their residents being considered more vulnerable, they have put extra precautions into place at this time.
According to Karen Sutherland, property manager, a hold has been placed on all activities like bingo and bible studies. They have closed the common areas for social gatherings and asked residents to stay to themselves.
“The residents are asked not to come to the office, and all paperwork and packages are delivered to them,” says Sutherland.
Cleaning and disinfecting is also being done daily to help combat the virus. Residents are being asked to limit family visitors. Caregivers coming in are all wearing protective items like masks and gloves when working with a resident.
“Everyone has really stepped up to the plate to protect everyone living and working here,” Sutherland said.
“Our company has implemented a modified work schedule,” she explained. “We have two full time office workers and three full time maintenance workers, and they are only being worked one at a time to limit exposure.”
Sutherland says all emergency calls are being met, but routine maintenance and general tasks are on hold to avoid risk of exposure to residents.
Elsewhere in the county, Aging and Family Services of Mineral County continues to provide services to area seniors.
Recently, they posted the following to their social media page: “We would personally like to thank all of our employees and our clients for your patience during this very unusual time we are all facing. This is an unprecedented time for all of us, and we appreciate the support and dedication we have received from all of our staff and clients. We are continuing to monitor and look to our state and federal governing bodies on updates for Covid-19 and the services we provide to the aged and disabled population.
“Our staff has gone above and beyond the call during these difficult times. From all of our great direct-care In-Home Care Technicians to our nutrition staff that keeps sending out our hot, nutritious meals and all of our administrative staff that keeps the programs running, we thank you for being there in this time of need!”
Scott Mallery, Aging & Family Services director, told the News Tribune that they have suspended their transportation services and all activities at the senior centers, but all other services are continuing. The senior centers have closed their dine in services, but curbside meals and grab and go is still available at the back door.