Washington Twp. officials checking on residents during COVID-19 crisis

Washington Twp. officials have been checking in on residents to make sure they are receiving essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

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“In general, the township is adjusting to providing services remotely. Our residents are still receiving essential services. We are very focused on the health and safety of our first responders,” says Jesse Lightle, Township Administrator.

During the week of March 22, staff began delivering meals to Enrichment Center members registered for the nutritional lunch program who typically come daily to the center for congregate meals.

Staff contacted members in advance and then dropped the frozen meals on their doorstep, giving them a wave from a safe distance. The meals are available to members already enrolled through the Senior Resource Connection.

S.T.A.R. (Safeguarding Township Adult Residents) program coordinator, Jeff Gray, has continued to maintain social contact with the program’s 100+ members over the phone.

He has been calling members from his home office to check on their health and well-being and to offer them assistance resources in navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19 and Gov. DeWine’s Stay at Home Order.

Essential maintenance staff continue to monitor Countryside Park to insure that public access to this beneficial resource is maintained for the community. While trails are open, the park’s playgrounds and restrooms remain closed.

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Programming staff and instructors from every program area are creating social media content to maintain the center’s connection to its participants.

“Online instruction can be found on many of our members’ favorite activities, including virtual SilverSneakers and traditional fitness classes to scene painting and swimming tutorials,” explained Recreation Director, Mark Metzger. “Cast members of Town Hall Theatre’s June production of Fairy Tale Misfits begin virtual online rehearsals this week, as well and we are hopeful the ‘show will go on’ later this summer for these dedicated kids.”

Recreation staff have also been reaching out by phone to contact the center’s more than 3,000 senior patrons and pass holders. This effort reflects DeWine’ call for communities to check on their neighbors during this crisis.

“These calls have been very well received and have been a wonderful opportunity for our staff to remain engaged and continue the primary mission of our department,” Metzger said.

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In response to Governor DeWine’s extension of Ohio school closures, the Washington Township Recreation Center will remain closed through May 1.

Facility closures include the Washington Township Recreation Center, Rec West Enrichment Center and Town Hall Theatre. All classes, programs and events are cancelled including rentals, parties, private functions and open use activities.

Washington Township is working to support measures to limit community spread of the coronavirus in accordance with the Public Health Montgomery County and the State of Ohio.

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