10 Mar Coronavirus Sparks Town’s Temporary Suspension Of Senior Pr…
EAST HAMPTON, NY — As the coronavirus spreads, East Hampton Town, “out of an abundance of caution,” has temporarily suspended programs for senior citizens at the East Hampton Town Senior Center and at the Montauk Playhouse, as well as other group activities for seniors.
“As the virus poses greatest risk to the elderly as well as those with underlying health conditions or suppressed immune systems, town-sponsored group activities offered to senior citizens will be canceled as of Wednesday, March 11,” a release from the town said.
The senior center on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton will be closed until further notice.
The town’s human services department staff will be in contact with clients of the adult day care and nutrition programs and alternate measures will be taken to meet their needs, such as providing frozen take-out meals at home instead of having senior citizens gather together at the center, town officials said. Those in need of transportation services for doctors’ visits or with other needs can call the Human Services Department at 631-329-6939.
All other town meetings and events will continue as normal as officials continue to monitor COVID-19 advisories and protocols. Announcements will be made through local media and on the town’s website here.
With at least one confirmed case of the coronavirus in Suffolk County — the man, in his 40s, is an employee at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic — and a number of additional “possible cases being monitored,” residents are urged to take basic universal precautions to protect their health and to avoid spreading the virus, town officials said:
- Wash hands, for 20 seconds, often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick