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Meals on Wheels Roseburg taking precautions over coronavirus

These precautions come after public health officials identified the first case of coronavirus in Douglas County Saturday.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 8:02 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 8:09 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Meals on Wheels Roseburg is taking extra steps to protect their clients from novel coronavirus.

These precautions come after public health officials identified the first case of coronavirus in Douglas County on Saturday.

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Organizers asked clients to leave a cooler outside their house Monday. Volunteers will then leave the meal inside the cooler.

They’re also asking clients to make contact with the driver when they deliver it, whether that’s verbal or a knock on the door.

Organizers said they also temporarily closed their daily dining room, where people normally come to eat their meals in-house.

The goal is to limit contact between the volunteers and clients to prevent them from getting sick. This is crucial because they primarily serve an older demographic that is more at risk.

"For the most part, people understand," said Inger Boyd-Miller from Meals on Wheels. "I think they appreciate the fact that we’re taking the extra precaution. Because most of them, as I say, are pretty vulnerable."

Meals on Wheels serves more than 200 seniors and people with disabilities in Roseburg.

Organizers said they are unsure how long they’ll enforce these precautions as of now.

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