During this time, our work has not stopped, we are just doing it differently. On a day-to-day basis, we will be reevaluating how to provide help while keeping the people we serve, volunteers and clients safe.
These are our current updates:
- Many group events and activities are cancelled until further notice, and a few have resumed.
- Rides to essential medical appointments for seniors who do not have COVID-19 symptoms are available.
- We provide rides to the drive-thru at banks so that seniors can get cash.
- We offer grocery delivery, prescription pick-up and restaurant pick-up.
- We can sign seniors up for free Friday grocery delivery from Speedy Market. Call our office at 651-642-9052 to sign up.
- We have volunteers who will do phone visits or in-person visits so please call us at 651-642-9052 if we can connect you with a visitor.
At St. Anthony Park Area Seniors we are tracking the latest news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) to best help and protect the people we serve and our volunteers. We will be following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)(link is external) and from state and local public health officials(link is external).
Here are the links to the websites for Ramsey County and St. Paul's District 12, which display up-to-date information and resources for the COVID-19 pandemic.
We recommend that everyone follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wear a mask when you are in public places.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
The CDC has identified that the people at higher risk for COVID-19 are older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. People at higher risk should:
- Stay home as much as possible to reduce the risk of being exposed.
- Stock up on supplies, including extra food, medications, pet supplies and other household provisions, in the event they need to spend two weeks at home.
- Take precautions to keep about 6 feet of space between themselves and others (socially distance).
- When out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid any non-essential travel.
- Wear a mask.