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Ferndale Senior Center announces temporary closure amid COVID-19 concerns

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Ferndale Senior Activity Center, located at 1999 Cherry Street at Pioneer Park, announced today, March 11th, they are joining other Whatcom County senior centers in cancelling all programs and closing their facility effective tomorrow.

Concerns about spreading COVID-19 were cited as the reason for taking these actions.

Yesterday, the Whatcom County Health Department made the recommendation that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay at home and away from large groups of people. People at higher risk include those:

· Over 60 years of age
· With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes
· With weakened immune systems

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The Health Department also recommended the cancelation or postponement of non-essential large public gatherings. The Ferndale Senior Activity Center takes these recommendations seriously and will be cancelling all programs and closing their facilities beginning March 12th until further notice. While we have not been instructed to close , we feel it is our responsibility to protect our at-risk population by limiting interaction at this time.

We understand these changes have significant impact. Please know we make these with everyone’s best interest at heart. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Ferndale Senior Activity Center Director Karma Wells

Impacted by the closure is the regular lunch program, an important source of nutrition for many. As a result, Wells said the Ferndale Senior Center will be providing meals for pick-up from 12pm to 12:30pm on Mondays through Fridays. Seniors interested in this service are asked to call the Ferndale Senior Center at (360) 384-6244 during regular hours for details.

There are currently no changes to the Meals on Wheels Program. But, Wells advised, if there are factors that prevent anyone from picking up a meal, meals delivered to you may be an option. Anyone in this situation is asked to contact the Meals on Wheels program directly at 360-746-6480 for more information.

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