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Access annual Senior Fair postponed due to new coronavirus concerns

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Usually scheduled in March, the fair will be postponed until sometime in the fall to ensure the safety of participants.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 11:16 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 12:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Every year, Access hosts a Senior Fair to connect seniors with important resources. Usually, it falls sometime in mid-March — but this year it will have to wait indefinitely.

Two weeks ago, Access announced that it would postpone the 2020 fair due to concerns regarding the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The organization said that it was following health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, which had recommended postponing or canceling public events.

At the time, the senior fair was only pushed back to the end of April. Now, it likely won't happen until sometime in the fall. No exact date has been determined yet.


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"We hope to be able to hold this important community resource fair in the fall because so many people will need the valuable information and resources the Senior Fair provides for our seniors and their families," said Pamela Norr, Access executive officer.

Access said that it will monitor the community health situation to determine when it is appropriate to hold the event. The organization plans to announce a new date as soon as possible.

The annual senior fair provides a one-stop resource with more than 80 booths from healthcare and living facilities, social service agencies, professional services, local hospitals, art organizations and other critical resources.

Open to everyone, the entry is usually a suggested donation of $1 or one can of non-perishable food at the door. All proceeds benefit ACCESS senior programs.


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