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Pittsfield Council on Aging to halt transportation services amid coronavirus crisis

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PITTSFIELD — The city's Council on Aging will temporarily curtail its transportation services beginning Monday in order to help protect riders and staff and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"As many in our senior community have been firmly adhering to the stay-at-home advisory, we have seen a steady decline in rides and the cancellation of appointments," said Executive Director James Clark in a prepared statement. "That said, we also know, through our check-ins with seniors, that there's been an increase of delivery services by pharmacies, and in some cases, grocery stores, so they are getting the resources that they need during this time and that's important,"

Clark said the Council on Aging will continue its modified congregate meal site feeding option at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center at 330 North St. The take-and-go meals can be picked up at the center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by noon the previous day.

This option is available to seniors that are currently enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program and on the congregate meal site roster. Those seniors currently not on the roster can contact Elder Services at 413-499-0524 to determine eligibility.

Center employees will be working in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call 413-499-9346 during these times.

For updates, a COVID-19 link is available on the home page of the city's website. The public is also encouraged to use the subscription service to receive a notification when a new update from the city is available and sign up for CodeRED.

Residents across the state can now sign up to receive updates, news and prevention information related to COVID-19 by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.

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