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W.Va. Senior Centers share meal, services update

WV Press Association

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Directors of Senior and Community Services, providers of senior services, are monitoring the ever-changing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and its effect on the state’s senior population. In the days and months ahead, the WVDSCS will continue to collaborate with state and federal agencies in order to continue to provide senior citizens in the state meals and in-home services as needed.

“Because so many seniors rely on us, at the present time, providers are continuing to offer services on a normal basis until the situation warrants otherwise,” said William Carpenter, President of the West Virginia Directors of Senior & Community Services. He added, “Many of the county meal providers throughout West Virginia have or are in the process of purchasing additional shelf stable meals to offer seniors in the event it would become necessary to close senior centers. Providers are also contacting in-home patients in order to update them on the current situation.”

If any senior citizen in West Virginia should have questions regarding meals or in-home services, they can call their local provider for assistance. Below is a list of links to various local, state and federal agencies.

The Provider members of the West Virginia Directors of Senior & Community Services are the group working to improve the quality of life, health, honor, and dignity for the aging population of West Virginia. For more information on services: www.wvdscs.org

WV Department of Health and Human Services:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://dhhr.wv.gov/Coronavirus%20Disease-COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

Food and Drug Administration:

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

U.S. Department of State:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

World Health Organization – Covid-19 Information

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

List of Senior Providers by County:

Barbour County Senior Center, Inc.

PO Box 146 (47 Church Street)

Philippi, WV 26416

Telephone: 304-457-4545

Fax: 304-457-2017

Email: bcsc@bcscwv.org

Website: www.bcscwv.org

Chrissy Kittle, Director

Grant County Commission on Aging Family Services

111 Virginia Avenue

Petersburg, WV 26847

Telephone: 304-257-1666

Fax: 304-257-9145

Email: gccoafs@frontier.com

Website: www.gcscwv.org

Darlene Evans, Director

Hardy County Committee on Aging

PO Box 632 (409 Spring Avenue)

Moorefield, WV 26836

Telephone: 304-530-2256; 888-538-2256

Fax: 304-530-6989

Email: hccoa1@hardynet.com

Website: www.hardycountycoa.org

Phyllis Helmick, Director

Pendleton Senior and Family Services, Inc.

PO Box 9 (231 Mill Road)

Franklin, WV 26807

Telephone: 304-358-2421

Fax: 304-358-2422

Email: jlantz@psfsi.org

Website: www.psfsi.org

Janice Lantz, Director

Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Inc.

20626 Seneca Trail

Marlinton, WV 24954

Telephone: 304-799-6337

Fax: 304-799-4972

Email: pocahontascoseniors@gmail.com

John R. Simmons, Director

The Committee on Aging for Randolph County, Inc.

PO Box 727 (5th Street & Railroad Avenue)

Elkins, WV 26241

Telephone: 304-636-4747

Fax: 304-637-4991

Email: lward@rcscwv.org

Website: www.randolphcountyseniorcenter.com

Laura Ward, Director

Tucker County Senior Citizens, Inc.

217 Senior Lane

Parsons, WV 26287

Telephone: 304-478-2423

Fax: 304-478-4828

Email: sully0818@yahoo.com

Mary Alice Smith, Director

Upshur County Senior Citizens Opportunity Center, Inc.

28 North Kanawha Street

Buckhannon, WV 26201

Telephone: 304-472-0528

Fax: 304-472-6424

Email: scampbell@upwvsc.org

Website: www.upwvsc.org

Sarah Campbell, Director

Webster County Commission of Senior Citizens

148 Court Square

Webster Springs, WV 26288

Telephone: 304-847-5252

Fax: 304-847-7182

Email: webcosencitz@frontiernet.net

Debby Moore, Director

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