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COVID-19 Resurgence Guidance Senior Community Centers

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) continues to recognize the COVID-19 pandemic may have a long-term impact on Senior Community Center (SCC) operations.  This document provides guidance to Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and SCCs as they decide whether to modify the operation of AAA-affiliated SCCs in response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania.

The safety of SCC participants and staff is paramount; therefore, The safety of older adults and the aging network is paramount; therefore, PDA emphasizes the importance of continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

PDA previously provided specific reopening guidance for SCCs in accordance with Governor Wolf's strategic phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania.  As counties across Pennsylvania experience upticks in positive cases and increased community spread, it may be necessary for SCCs to return to the implementation of more restrictive mitigation strategies to protect the health and safety of SCC participants and staff, such as ceasing indoor dining and activities. 

PDA acknowledges these are challenging and unprecedented times for AAAs and SCCs.  The Department shall support the decision of the AAA and SCC to implement more restrictive mitigation strategies and temporarily cease indoor dining and activities when the decision to do so is based upon the health and safety concerns of SCC participants and staff.  

AAAs seeking to change mitigation strategies at SCCs such as, ceasing indoor dining and activities, closing an SCC, or the postponement of reopening an SCC, shall contact the Bureau of Aging Services at RA-PaAgingServices@pa.gov to provide the following information:

    • Identify the applicable SCC(s), the number of participants impacted and the effective date
    • Strategies the AAA and/or the SCC will be implementing or reimplementing
    • Any additional pertinent information

For questions or technical assistance with mitigation strategies at SCCs, please contact the Bureau of Aging Services via email at RA-PaAgingServices@pa.gov or directly by contacting Robert Cherry at rocherry@pa.gov or 717-772-2551.

NOTE:  For those SCCs that continue to offer indoor dining and activities at SCCs, the SCC Reopening Guidance, issued by PDA on June 8, 2020 continues to apply.