COA remains open for limited services

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging has issued a media release, stating it remains open but on a limited basis.

Lobbies at the Sturgis and Three Rivers centers are open, and seniors are welcome to stop in and purchase restaurant tickets, become a member, borrow from its Medical Loan Closet or conduct any other business that can be handled at reception desks.

The centers will remain closed for activities and other programs until further notice.

COA director Tim Stoll said agency officials know isolation and loneliness can lead to negative health outcomes. Still, he added, COA’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of the county’s senior population.

The closure means COA cannot offer lunch at the centers, but it is offering lunches to go. Lunch to go needs to be ordered 48 hours in advance and a menu is available on the COA website, which is sjccoa.com.

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