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Lexington, YMCA suspends programs for senior citizens

The senior population is at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19, leading to the programs being suspended. (Photo: WKYT/Chelsea Jones)
The senior population is at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19, leading to the programs being suspended. (Photo: WKYT/Chelsea Jones)(WKYT)
Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 6:02 PM EDT
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Lexington has suspended city programs for senior citizens.

Mayor Linda Gorton announced Wednesday the city will suspend programs for senior citizens, effective Friday, March 13, because of COVID-19.

Beginning on Friday, there will be no programming for seniors at the Senior Center, the Charles Young Center, the Bell House, or Black and Williams Center, which hosts Elder Crafters. The centers will be closed to the public.

“Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19,” said Mayor Gorton. “The CDC recommends people over the age of 60, and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes, stay at home as much as possible. We know this virus is most dangerous for our seniors. We need to take steps to protect them.”

While the programming is suspended, staff members’ responsibilities will shift to involve more outreach to seniors at home.

Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, which works with the City, will deliver lunch to seniors who depend on the meals at the Senior Center.

Gorton said the programming will be reinstated as soon as possible.

“We know our seniors enjoy these programs, and we hope to get them back online as soon as we get past the threat of this virus,” she said.

In addition to city programs being suspended, a message from the YMCA of Central Kentucky states that senior programs at all Lexington and Frankfort locations will also be suspended, beginning Friday, March 13.

The programs being suspended include Enhance fitness classes, Silver Sneakers classes, senior water fitness classes, and senior activities. YMCA is also suspending programs that support individuals with underlying health conditions, including Livestrong, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Support, and Diabetes Prevention.

YMCA officials say classes will resume as soon as local health authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

COVID-19 testing Thursday revealed 2 new cases, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. There are still a total of 10 positive cases statewide.

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