Hello all,

Many thanks to those who have completed their ‘Operational Status’ on the MCOA webpage, https://mcoaonline.com/coronavirus/coa-status/If you have not yet reported your center’s Operational Status, please do so as soon as you are able. Your response to this is crucial for planning purposes. If your status has changed since you last reported, please update your response.

REPORT: Operational Status of COA’s

AS OF:  March 16, 2020, 12:51 PM % of those reporting
Total # of COA’s Reporting In: 115 33% of COAs
Closed with staff reporting 75 65.22%
Closed with no staff reporting 4 3.48%
Open with limited programs 33 28.70%
Open, no change 3 2.61%

Current results of the status of COA’s across the state are on MCOA’s Main Coronavirus webpage, https://mcoaonline.com/coronavirus/. We will continue to update this, and plan to provide updated postings twice a day.

We have had many inquiries regarding what actions centers should take, particularly around whether or not to close:

  • EOEA and MCOA feel, that limiting services or a determination of full closure of a senior center, is a local decision to be made by the municipality’s governing body in conjunction with their local DPH recommendation and the Administration’s Executive Orders, including limiting gatherings to less than 25 people.
  • MCOA has also suggested that local communities consult with their regional hospital for guidance.
  • Since the most vulnerable population with coronavirus is the over 60 cohort, MCOA will continue to suggest municipalities err on the side of caution.

We are looking at actions that are being taken around the world to prevent the spread of this pandemic, and those specifically directed at protecting older adults. In the UK, the Secretary of Health has stated that every Briton over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves from coronavirus, and further that when it happens, they will be asked to stay home for “a very long time”.

Should the United States enact a similar action, now is the time to prepare for how your community can continue to serve its older adults if they are similarly isolated.

REMINDER:

The weekly one-hour COA Coronavirus COVID-19 Status Conference Calls, conducted by MCOA will begin this Thursday March 19th, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

The purpose of these weekly calls is to provide you with a means by which to raise issues you are experiencing, and concerns you may be having, and for MCOA to collect this information and forward to the appropriate agencies.

To participate you must register here: https://fs16.formsite.com/mcoa/denm29wequ/index.html. You will receive an email confirmation with the call-in number and log-in details. The call in-number and access code will provide you access to ALL the weekly calls going forward. Please be sure to add that information to your Calendar for every Thursday at 2 pm.

If you have questions for upcoming calls, they must be submitted to the following email address: coronavirus@mcoaonline.com, by 5pm on the Wednesday before the Thursday call.

Again, we are here to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our staff for support.

The MCOA Team

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
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