COVID-19: Pittsfield Council on Aging announces temporary halt to transportation

Effective Monday, April 13, the City of Pittsfield Council on Aging will temporarily curtail its transportation resources as an added protective measure for its ridership and staff members to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As many in our senior community have been firmly adhering to the stay-at-home advisory, we have seen a steady decline in rides and the cancellation of appointments. That said, we also know, through our check-ins with seniors, that there’s been an increase of delivery services by pharmacies, and in some cases, grocery stores, so they are getting the resources that they need during this time and that’s important,” said Executive Director James Clark.

Clark said the Council on Aging will continue its modified congregate meal site feeding option at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center located at 330 North St. The take-and-go meals can be picked up at the center between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Reservations must continue to be made by noon the previous day.

This option is available, at this time, to seniors that are currently enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program and on the congregate meal site roster.  Those seniors currently not on the roster can contact Elder Services at 499-0524 to determine eligibility.

Please note that the senior center as well as all other municipal offices and buildings are still closed to the public through May 4.  During this time, center employees will be working in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact the center at 499-9346 during these times.

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