Seniors vulnerable amid coronavirus

Linda Oliver gives her mother, Doris Bryant, 90, a resident at Manning Place senior living in Greer, S.C., an "air hug" from the other side of a window at the end of their visit, March 25, 2020. Manning Place has set up a designated room to place residents in when their families want to visit them on the other side of the window in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Residents of the Goodwin House senior living community greet each other, wearing masks for protection, in a garden in Arlington, Va. on April 14, 2020.

Finn, Thunder and Lego stand at the window of Ronald Boik as their owner Nicole George holds their leashes at the Cedar Woods Assisted Living in Belleville, Mich. on April 11, 2020. Nicole and Tim George brought their three alpacas to the nursing home to brighten up the day for some of the 110 residents that live there. Nozmi Elder, 70 of Dearborn and owner of Cedar Woods Assisted Living said most of the residents have been confined to their rooms for the past three weeks as precautions for the Coronavirus and thought the site of alpacas visiting them would lift their spirits.

Employees of Vi at La Jolla retirement complex hold signs and wave flags for the residents during an afternoon pep rally, April 8, 2020, in San Diego. As elderly residents who have been quarantined for weeks make their way out onto their balconies, employees below dance, wave flags and shout words of encouragement in a now almost daily afternoon pep rally.

A resident is removed from the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, Texas, April 8, 2020. More than 70 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility and at least 10 residents have died due to the virus.

A patient is evacuated from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif., April 8, 2020. More than 80 patients from a Riverside skilled nursing facility are being evacuated this morning to other healthcare locations throughout Riverside County, Calif.

Members of City Impact, a faith-based organization from Cedar Springs, sing and pray for residents and staff at Metron of Cedar Springs nursing home, April 1, 2020, in Cedar Springs, Mich. Administrators at Metron announced the nursing home has multiple residents and staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kathy Jacobsen signals to her mother, Audrey Wilson, 80, who has dementia, through the glass pane of a door, at Arbor Rose Senior Center in Mesa, Ariz. on April 1, 2020. Jacobsen was taking her mother out of the facility because of concerns of a coronavirus outbreak within the facility. She is moving her mother in with her at her Gilbert, Ariz. home. Jacobsen had not be able to visit her mother inside the facility because of the coronavirus pandemic since early March.

An elderly man is transported from Lenox Health Medical Pavilion to an ambulance on March 29, 2020 in New York City.

A worker puts up a "no trespassing" sign outside the Pleasant View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on March 29, 2020, in Mt. Airy, Md.,where as of that morning, 66 residents of the facility tested positive for COVID-19.

Residents from St. Joseph's Senior Home are helped on to buses in Woodbridge, N.J., March 25, 2020. More than 90 residents of the nursing home in Woodbridge are being transferred to a facility in Whippany after 24 tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokeswoman for CareOne, which operates the Whippany facility. The facility has moved its residents to other facilities to accommodate the new arrivals.

Kaye Knighton, 86, receives a visit from his daughter-law Darla Knighton at the Creekside Senior Living, March 24, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. Window visits help seniors connect to families despite coronavirus restrictions.

Lisa Krout, executive director for the White Rose Senior Center, left, hands Sandra Ocasio a lunch after the center in York, Pa., was closed as a social distancing measure for fighting the coronavirus on March 17, 2020.

An elderly man shops at a supermarket during reserved shopping hours for elderly people in Miami Beach, on March 21, 2020.

A sign is posted outside a Gelson's supermarket that opened special morning hours to serve seniors 60-years and older due to coronavirus concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles on Friday, March 20, 2020.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Stop and Shop opened early for seniors only, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. At the Old Connecticut Path Stop and Shop in Framingham, Janet Wong, of Framingham, looks for merchandise, March 19, 2020.

With gloves, mask and gown on, Johanna Mannone, 79 of Rochester Hills caresses and hugs her husband Michael Mannone in the front room of WellBridge of Rochester Hills, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Rochester Hills, Michigan on Friday, March 13, 2020. She didn't know when she'd get to see him again, perhaps in a few days as the center is really restricting visitors because of the coronavirus COVID-19. She was only able to visit her husband who has lived here for 6 months for a half hour.

Norman Megginson, a volunteer with Senior Services of Central Illinois, is thanked by Marshall Brown after delivering a meal to him for the Daily Bread Senior Nutrition Program, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. "When you go to someones door they truly thank you because they may not see anybody," said Megginson of the volunteer work of delivering meals to seniors. "It really helps people to get a meal, sometimes it's the only one they get in a day." Volunteers for Senior Services of Central Illinois will be making meal deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, not five days a week, to minimize contact during the coronavirus outbreak, but people will get the same amount of meals delivered to them on those days.

A shopper navigates an isle at Northgate González Market on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Santa Ana, Calif. In light of the coronavirus concerns the Northgate market chain opened the store one hour early for seniors 65-years and older and disabled.

Carmen Zamora shops at Northgate González Market on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Santa Ana, Calif.

Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray welcomes Sister Edwina Finnegan to cast her ballot for the Illinois Primary Election at the St. Agnes Hall polling place, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Gray was visiting the polling place for his tradition of delivering bags of treats to say thank you to the election judges.

Veda Webster, 85, waits for her ride after voting during the Democratic presidential primary at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, Az., on March 17, 2020. The voting place looks deserted due to coronavirus.

Members of the Ackerman, Fiaush and Farmer families gathered to host a small St. Patrick's Day parade at Centennial Pointe Senior Living - Assisted Living & Memory Care to entertain the parents who are inside but prohibited from having visitors due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Terry Farmer hoists his dog buddy to the window so residents can see him more easily during the parade.

A nurse vaccinates a senior against influenza to avoid cross-infection with coronavirus on March 17, 2020 in Santiago, Chile. Earlier today, Health minister Jaime Mañalich informed there are 181 positive cases of COVID-19 in the country. According to WHO, Chile is the second country with more cases after Brazil. National Government had announced entry restrictions for its ports, airports and international crossings.

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry volunteer Louise Minor, left, hands a bag of food to Garry Vanderlinden, of Des Moines, Iowa, right, at a senior center in Des Moines, Iowa. Amid concerns the new coronavirus has left many people to at least temporarily lose their jobs, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing are complicating efforts to package and distribute food.

Brenda Corley of Tyler, Texas uses a dry erase marker on a portable whiteboard to communicate through the window with Reunion Plaza nursing home resident Helen Moss, age 97, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. Corley visits Moss about once a week. Corley and Moss met twelve years ago as neighbors. Due to the coronavirus, nursing homes and senior citizen facilities in the Tyler area are not allowing guests inside the building, but some guests have been visiting residents at their windows. "I love seeing and talking to you," Moss said to Corley.

Friends and family of Margaret Presley, age 97, serenade her with Irish songs while she listens from a balcony at the South Hill Village, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Spokane, Wash. Presley is currently semi-quarantined in the assisted living community because of the coronavirus.

Check Chen from Seattle, shops for groceries during special hours open to seniors only at Uwajimaya, an Asian specialty supermarket, on March 18, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Several grocery stores in the Seattle area are opening an hour early to accommodate senior shoppers who are at higher risk of contacting COVID-19. Chen said he came here to take advantage of the senior hours because there would be less people.

Shoppers leave Costco Wholesale in Clifton on Wednesday morning March 18, 2020. The store is practicing social distancing on line to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19 and limiting the number of shoppers allowed in the store at one time.

Dr. Ezriel Kornel, a neurosurgeon in Westchester County, N.Y., was diagnosed with COVID-19 and has been symptomatic for ten days. Kornel, photographed at his home in Bedford March 18, 2020, has remained under self-quarantine at home.

A senior customer shops at a Disco Supermarket on March 18, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an emergency measure, some supermarkets decided to open one hour earlier and give exclusive access to people over 65, considered a group of risk amid the increasing cases of COVID-19. National Government also licensed public employees and encouraged seniors to stay at home.


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