October 4, 2021 Update:
I just wanted to update you as to where we are here at the beginning of October regarding the Senior Centers in Charlevoix County.
We will continue to proceed out of an abundance of caution. We are going to keep all of our Senior Centers CLOSED to the public until the CDC and Health Department Numbers are back to safer levels. We are still providing all of our services, just differently. I will be reviewing the CDC and Health Department numbers and levels each week to determine a new reopening timeline and keep you updated when we are closer to a more reasonable date.
As of today:
Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim and Otsego Counties are all RED-High Risk Transmission Counties for COVID19 and at Level E on the MI Safe Start Reopening plan (as is the entire State of Michigan). As of today, Charlevoix has a positivity rate of 11%/78 New Cases/and 2 Hospitalizations, Emmet has a 12.34%/114 New Cases/and 17 Hospitalizations, Antrim has a 14.72%/98 New Cases/ and 0 Hospitalizations and Otsego has a 16.78%/ 116 New Cases/8 Hospitalizations. Traverse City has 10.34%/275 New Cases /39 Hospitalizations. As a reminder, when we could safely open up on 7/1/21 Charlevoix County was in the BLUE-Low Risk Transition, Level B, 0 Hospitalizations and had a less than 3% Positivity rate.
Please note that the Hospitalizations are in these beds for weeks not just days and the majority of these COVID hospitalizations for the those unvaccinated.
Emmet County has closed their Senior Center also due to the current COVID19 numbers.
The only activities/services we are allowing in the Senior Centers will be Gym walking by reservation and Foot Clinics. Staff and seniors must wear a mask at those times. All COA staff are encouraged to wear masks whenever within 6 feet of our seniors during this closing for other contact but it is not mandated. If you are sick, please do not come to the senior center and get tested. You can still get COVID if you are vaccinated but the illness it presents is less severe. We encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already.
Our BI Office will be open by appointment only and masks will be required.
Volunteer services will be suspended at this time until the numbers get to a safer level.
Special Additional Training for Covid-19
ServeSafe Training Certificate for Foodservice Delivery during Covid-19
ServeSafe Training Certificate for Foodservice Take Out during Covid-19
Fall Prevention Exercises
Total Knee Exercises
Total Hip Exercises
The mission of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging is to provide the highest quality senior services in partnership with the community. We focus our efforts on advocacy and support for seniors and their caregivers by promoting health, wellness, and education to achieve a dignified and enriched quality of life.
218 W. Garfield Avenue
Charlevoix , MI 49720
(share building with Health Dept)
Amy Wieland: Executive Director
Sheri Shepard: Assistant Director
Theresa Graham: Office Manager
Sally Nye: Database Coordinator
Tracey Rupinski,RN,BA: Director of Health Care Services
Paul Tate: Food Services Manager
Kevin Clements: Senior Program Facilitator
What We Do:
The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging is your resource for highly qualified, professional services, programs and resource material including:
Home Delivered Meals In- Home Health Services
Senior Center Meals In-Home Respite
Senior Center Activities/Events/Education & Outreach Personal Care Assistance
Medicare/Medicaid Assistance planning Homemaker Program
Health Care Service Clinics:
Blood Pressure Check, Hearing Check, Hearing Aid Cleaning and Repair, Etc.