Council on Aging Update 3/25 - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Update 3/25

Wednesday March 25th, 2020

I imagine that there are numbers of people looking for information about the COVID-19 pandemic we’re in and of course THEY are out there trying to get to you too. By they I mean the unscrupulous creeps who will try to take advantage of the situation. 

Anyway here’s a few suggestions.

Don’t click on any links or attachments you might receive in your email or from a messaging service wanting to give you COVID-19 information.

Don’t fall for legitimate looking messages, they could very well be fakes and cyberthieves are pretty good at making something look real. Or important to read. Or urgent. Just because it says that it’s from a reputable source does not mean that it is.

If you want COVID news and you don’t want to watch the competing talking heads on TV, navigate directly to the WHO and CDC websites. Here are their addresses;

The US Center for Disease Control; www.cdc.goc

The World Health Organization is : www.who.int

By the way, as I was looking them up, the WHO has a scammer alert on their website. People are trying to say that they are from the WHO. Cold people for sure!

Anyway, here in Williamstown, we have a few more people interested in being volunteer shoppers and today we have had some serious interest from several people who would like us to shop for them. We’re picking up groceries for folks tomorrow. Colleagues from across North Berkshire  tell me that there is an uptick in the number of interested people. I’m not surprised. It’s sinking in right? 

Anyway, if your health is compromised or you know someone who’s homebound, has difficulty shopping or should not go out at the moment, tell them to call us. There are options out there. We’re at 423.458.8250  and if you can’t reach us, leave a message with a call back number and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

The  Foodbank of Western Massachusetts is now telling us that the mobile pantry will NOT resume in April. There is information out there indicating that they would  be back in action but as of today, COVID-19 has shut them down. We received an email about this just this afternoon. We’ll keep you posted.

We’re also taking a different approach to van ridership too. Going forward, we’ll not be transporting any more than 2 or 3 people at the same time. We can space people out on the vehicle, so-no more setting together until, well, whenever. Social distancing. For those of you who travel together, we’re sorry. We’ll do what we can but right now it’s ugly out there. As usual, call us and the driver will get back to you with a time the vehicle is available. We’re still providing rides and we’re still focused on life support-medical and food shopping. Well, at this moment there isn’t anything else!

If you use the Williamstown landfill and you missed the news, the requirement to use town sanctioned trash bags has been lifted for now. Limit your exposure in stores…

Finally, while we’re all practicing social distancing, you can be socially distant and still go outside.  If you can, go for a walk. While I was looking at the CDC website earlier there was a new study report talking about how a higher daily step count is linked with lower cause mortality from all causes. It’s a new report. You’ve been hearing us preaching the benefits of walking for a long time. Now here’s an official report. Check it out. And get out of the house, stop watching the news and go for a walk! 

We’ll talk again soon!