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TRIAD for Seniors - March Meeting Canceled Due to COVID-19
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By Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD Committee
March 13, 2020

As a precaution and due to new recommendations by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Governor’s office and Illinois Department on Aging we will be canceling the March 26th TRIAD meeting. We will be sending out more information from the CDC and how to keep yourself safe from COVID-19 in the next several days.

Below is the information we received from the Area Agency on Aging and steps to help minimize the risk of spread.

Illinois older adults are among the highest risk population group for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Locations where seniors gather such as congregate meal sites and senior centers may increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and community spreading of the virus. On Monday, March 9, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency based on new guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and evidence emerging across other countries and throughout the United States.

The Illinois Department on Aging is requesting all Area Agencies on Aging to immediately suspend all gathering activities placing our older adults at heightened risk including the provision of congregate meals and social activities conducted in group settings.

Steps to help minimize the risk of spread:
• Everyone: Use the same daily health precautions you would for flu including washing your hands frequently using soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home when sick.
• Health care: Screen patients and visitors for symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing; wear proper personal protective gear such as gowns and masks when needed, and have employees stay home when sick.
• Day cares, schools, universities: Review emergency plans, absenteeism policies, and cleaning procedures; identify strategies for alternative learning mechanisms such as on-line programs; and consider postponing or cancelling student exchange programs.
• Businesses: Review emergency and continuity of operation plans, revisit sick leave policies, and assess schedule flexibility.
• Community and faith organizations: Review emergency plans and communicate with community members if events and services are changed, postponed, or cancelled.

For information about how you, your school, your workplace, and your community can prepare, please visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

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