How to help keep vulnerable seniors safe during coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Mar. 26, 2020 at 9:41 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Suzanne Burke, President and CEO of Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, gave information how the community can proactively help to keep vulnerable seniors safe.

According to Burke, her organization is seeing a jump in the need for services, especially for the Meal On Wheels program, and a tremendous need for basic supplies like toilet paper.

Fifteen-percent of Hamilton County is made up by seniors. Commission President Denise Driehaus says they are grateful for area grocers who are taking steps to protect seniors.

“A number of grocery stores have stepped up and designated early morning hours for seniors to go shopping... making sure our seniors stay safe,” she said.

Burke said seniors have a huge need for personal supplies and mentioned the Council on Aging is planning to hold a few “fill the truck” initiatives to collect items.

She said to check on your neighbors, call them and ask if they have any needs.

If seniors are looking for assistance, they’re asked to call 513-721-1025.

If you would like to volunteer to help, visit the COA website.

Driehaus said if you see violations of the stay-at-home order, contact the Health Department at 513-946-7847 so they can follow up and check on the facility.

On Thursday, Hamilton County reported 48 positive COVID-19 cases.

There are five hospitalizations and zero deaths.

“As you can tell we are on the upside of the curve, remember our efforts are attempting to flatten the curve. We’re clearly heading on the upside of the curve," Driehaus said.

Nick Crossley, Director of the Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, said preparing for an increased case load is bringing a greater need for PPE and is calling on the community to help donate.

If you have any PPE items you would like to donate, you’re asked to call 513-263-8200.

As of Wednesday, Ohio had 704 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, according to the state’s department of health.

Here’s of a breakdown of cases in Greater Cincinnati counties:

  • Hamilton: 48
  • Butler: 18
  • Clermont: 5
  • Warren: 8
  • Clinton: 2
  • Highland: 1


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