In-person Activities Suspended Until Dec. 3 Due to COVID-19

The Broken Arrow Senior Center Board of Directors, in conjunction with Center staff have suspended in-person activities at the Center until December 3.

This week, Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa County Health Department recommended the suspension of activities due to a combination of COVID incident rates in Broken Arrow, increased community spread as well as positive COVID cases from active Broken Arrow Senior Center members.

We’ve implemented as many safety and security protocols as have been suggested by health authorities and the medical community. We’ve reached a point where COVID has outpaced our ability to safely continue to offer in-person classes.

This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was required to protect the interests of our members and their families. Our members crave the social interaction that the BA Senior Center provides, yet that is the environment that allows the COVID virus to spread through person-to-person contact.

Suspending activities until the beginning of December is the right decision to protect the health and wellness not only of our members and volunteers but the community as a whole. We will continue to offer our fitness classes through our Facebook page either as livestream or recorded.

It takes all of us working together to slow community spread and rapid transmission of the COVID virus.

My position has not changed since March 2020. A big reason why is that one statistic has stayed constant regardless of the number of COVID tests. Ninety-six percent of COVID-related fatalities are over the age of 50. That might be a nice score on a high school math test, but we’re tracking the lives of older adults.

You give me a 96% chance of beating cancer, and I’ll be thrilled. You tell me that 96% of COVID-related fatalities impact the lives of millions of older adults, and I want to shout out loud.

Adults over the age of 50 account for only 32% of all positive COVID results. Yes, you read that right – 32% of all COVID cases yet 96% of the fatalities. If you want to make it as simple as possible, older adults account for less than one third of all positive COVID cases yet nearly 100% of all fatalities.

That’s the stat that gets the least amount of attention. The number of positive tests is a good metric. We track hospitalizations and recoveries – also good metrics. However, the serious threat to older adults is seldom discussed.