The Parker Community/Senior Center is closed again for activities and congregate meals. The rising number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the county is cited as the reason for the closure. They will still be serving meals on a drive-through basis from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will still be delivering homebound meals as well.
“We will begin serving to go meals Friday Jan. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.” a statement from the Town said on Facebook. “This will be done as a drive by. We are asking clients to stay in their cars, line up in front of center. We will have markings and people guiding you. Due to the rising numbers of this virus we considered this to be the best option for staff and clients.”
The closing came after a Town Council work session Jan. 13 where Center Director Darla Tilley and Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer recommended the closure.
“This is a scary time,” Tilley said. “Seniors are out most vulnerable population during this pandemic.”
Mayor Karen Bonds remarked the center was one of the most essential services the Town has.
Tilley had earlier said she wanted to keep the center and its services open as much as possible because, for some seniors, this is all the socializing they do.
The center is located at Laguna Avenue and 12th Street. The phone number is 928-669-9514.
The center was closed from March until Sept. 8. With La Paz County meeting the Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines for reopening during the pandemic, the center reopened on a limited basis. Activities were limited, as was seating for congregate meals. Face mask and social distancing rules were in place, all based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.
On Sept. 13, which marked the end of week where the center reopened, there 525 cases in the county, and 31 new cases for the previous three weeks. As of Jan. 17, there were 2,029 cases in the county, with 169 new cases in the previous week. There have been 45 deaths in the county from the virus or complications from the virus.