Senior Center cancels in-person programs for two weeks due to COVID cases

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By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

Starting Tuesday, the town’s Senior Center will switch to a Zoom format for programs, due to the rising COVID-19 case count.

In an announcement made on Friday, Dec. 31, Senior Center Executive Director Pam Hunt stated that in-person programming would be canceled for a two-week period, starting Jan. 3. For months, the center had been holding events such as Chair Yoga, ukulele classes, fall prevention forums, and more.

“We are doing this out of caution and to limit exposure to our seniors,” Hunt said in the announcement.

North Attleborough has seen a dramatic rise in COVID cases. In one week in December, 182 cases were reported and the town is at a 9.2 percent positivity rating. Approximately 65 percent of the town’s eligible population (those ages 5 and older) has been vaccinated against COVID.

Senior Center staff will be available during the regular scheduled hours of operation, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-Noon. Meals on Wheels will be delivered and Grab & Go lunches will be available. Staff will bring back Zoom Programs for a two-week period starting on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

“We are hopeful that this will reduce the spread and we anticipate returning to in-person programs/activities on Tuesday, Jan. 17,” wrote Hunt in the announcement.

Those interested in participating in the Zoom programs cancCall 508-699-0131 or look for an email for the link and schedule.