Northampton County senior centers back in business

Written by on July 21, 2021

 Northampton County senior centers back in business

By Hayden Mitman
July 21, 2021

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Most Northampton County senior centers have reopened — a move officials hope will help provide seniors with social interaction that was missing during most of the pandemic.

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County Executive Lamont McClure said the centers provide meals and opportunities to socialize, which are crucial for so many people.

“Those are two key factors in life that, you know, folks who don’t have a lot of people checking in on them all the time, they sometimes miss out on,” he said. 

The county this month has allowed nine of its 11 senior centers to hold “soft” openings. That means the centers provide limited services but are open for meals, some activities and health checks.

The Saucon Valley Community Center won’t reopen until September. The Nazareth Senior Center for now is open only to pick up to-go meals.

Laurie Greco, administrator of the county’s Area Agency on Aging, said administrators considered the delta variant of the coronavirus when making the decision to reopen. 

“We are certainly not open at full capacity, and all of the very serious mitigation efforts, we are still continuing with all of that in all our centers,” she said. 

McClure agreed, saying it wasn’t a decision made lightly. 

“The first thing we think about when we get to work in the morning is ‘How do we protect the health, safety and welfare of senior citizens in Northampton County?’” he said. 

Senior center visitors are not required to be vaccinated. Seniors need to call ahead to reserve time to visit.

All centers require masks to be worn at all times. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door and visitors also will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

You can find more information and a calendar of events for each senior center at this link.

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