Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) announced today that the adult care and community senior centers at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center in Louisa will reopen in the next two months. The programs were suspended when the coronavirus crisis ramped up in March.
The adult care center will return on Aug. 20.
"We anticipate a modified return of members initially, so the ratio of staff to members will be extremely good, allowing us to help get our members acclimated to the new physical spacing, and new activities," said Marta Keane, JABA's executive director.
On Sept. 8, the community senior center will reopen, enabling more seniors to see each other and enjoy JABA activities.
"We will be working on ways to continue programming for those who are not comfortable, or unable, to come back right now," Keane said.
The agency will continue to offer insurance counseling and ombudsman services by phone or Zoom, the videoconferencing service.
Keane cautioned that the reopening plan is contingent upon steady COVID-19 case numbers, "with no severe spikes in cases or concerns."