Bainbridge senior center shuts down amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Bainbridge Senior Community Center has shut down, prompted by the continuing spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state.

The center posted a notice of the closure Friday on its website.

“The senior community center has decided to move quickly to close its doors to all activities and focus on using digital media to provide outreach and social connection to seniors in our community,” the announcement said.

“In addition to mandatory closures instituted by our state and designed to ‘flatten the curve,’ we are motivated by new research indicating the virus can be transmitted during its ‘incubation period’ – meaning that someone can inadvertently spread infection.

“As of today we are no longer holding any in-person activities, but we are moving quickly to provide support over the internet — using email, streaming video, and social media to keep connections going,” the announcement said.

The senior center said it will continue to serve the Meals on Wheels Kitsap lunch program, and is working with Meals on Wheels Kitsap “to find an alternative way to continue to support ongoing nutritional assistance.”

Reed Price executive director of the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, said the closure is indefinite.

Seniors can check in at 11:30 a.m. every weekday at to learn what’s happening, he added.

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