COVID-19 Recommendations for Senior Centers

Updated 12/17/20, 4 p.m.

Organizations that serve a large number of older adults are particularly susceptible to a COVID-19 outbreak that can lead to deaths.  In order to minimize the risk of an outbreak at your facility, please implement the following guidelines.

During this critical time, the main objective for businesses and organizations is to keep people physically separated to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.           

Partner with the Health Department by implementing measures to prevent the spread of disease


Suggested COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Organizations

Adapted from the Lear Safe Work Playbook 

Dated Completed/ Reviewed

Action Item


Create an internal response team to review operations and coordinate response. Include diverse employees with different trainings and educational backgrounds, if possible.


Create a plan for when employees are quarantined because they are a close contact of a person who is COVID-19 positive and also for employees that need to be isolated because they have tested positive. The plan should include contact with the health department and how to manage multiple workers out of the office.


Provide open and transparent communication with all customers and employees.


Create a social distancing protocol for customers and employees.


Review sick leave policies. Determine if incentives or flexible options are available to encourage employees to stay home when they are sick.


Identify possible work-related exposures and health risks to employees. OSHA has more information on how to protect workers from potential exposures to coronavirus.


Create policies and procedures for using and stocking preventative materials such as cleaning supplies, thermometers, and cloth masks and gloves.


Create an on-site pre-shift health screening procedure for employees to monitor for illness, including fever, recent travel, and any contact with a COVID-19 case.


Create a protocol for visitors and contractors to self-screen prior to entry.


If applicable, create a protocol for safe transportation of employees or customers.

 Other recommended strategies for essential organizations to use now:

 Additional Measures to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

 Organizational Preparedness Activities for Your Facility

 Prepare Staff, Volunteers, and Clients

Online Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

Kansas Gov. Kelly Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas:

Sedgwick County:

Lear Safe Work Playbook:

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance: