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Senior centers to close

“We’re taking this very seriously but there’s no reason to panic.”

That’s the message from Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, who on Friday outlined what city officials are doing to try and mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus in Pike County.

“We’re following everything very closely,” Reeves said. “We’re going to be open for business, but were going to limit some activities and services, based on recommendations from the CDC.”

That includes closing a pair of senior citizen programs for at least two weeks and cancelling a planned “Touch a Truck” public event on the Square.

Reeves said the Colley Senior Center will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 and will remain closed through at least March 30. Additionally, the senior nutrition center will close it’s dining room and suspend activities Monday through March 30.

“We’re still going to provide meals to those residents who use the nutrition center, and we’re working on a plan to get the meals to them,” Reeves said. “Additionally, (the recreation department) has some programs designed specifically for senior citizens that we will be suspending.”

The Troy Public Library will remain open, but tutoring and reading programs for small children will be suspended until at least March 30. All other city services remain open and functioning.

“We’re going to be constantly assessing the situation,” Reeves said, adding that he hopes residents will follow recommendations to keep social distancing in place; to wash hands frequently; and to stay out of the public if they feel sick.

“While we are taking this seriously, there is no need to panic,” he said.

Brundidge Mayor Isabelle Boyd said Friday no decisions had been made regarding changes to senior services or other public services in Brundidge.