The Center made the decision to close to the public on Friday, March 13 at 3 p.m. because we believe it is in the best interest of our community, staff and volunteers amid continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is particularly true for those most at risk within our community: older adults. Our SAGE of the Rockies program for LGBTQ older adults is very active and well-attended, and we're so proud of the community that has been built around this program. Because LGBTQ+ older adults are one of the groups with the highest risk of contracting the novel Coronavirus, we hope to particularly protect the health of these more vulnerable community members first and foremost during the virus outbreak.
The CDC has released guidelines to follow for those of us with a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus, such as older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems. Please read and review them to ensure that you are aware of and following these best practices.
Additionally, if you have older LGBTQ adults in your life, please be sure to call and check in on them more regularly during these times, and also make sure they are adequately stocked with groceries and supplies. It is much more difficult and dangerous for older adults to navigate a crowded supermarket right now, and any help you can offer your older friends, family and neighbors on this front can help.
Health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of disease:
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid contact with other people's hands. Instead of handshakes, try elbow touches.
- If you have any combination of fever, body aches, nausea, fatigue, chills and sweats, please take care of yourself, protect others by staying home, and contact your medical provider.
It is in difficult times like these that we are reminded of the strength and resilience of community. Thank you for being a part of ours, and we look forward to seeing you at The Center when we resume our programming soon.