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Lathrop closes senior center due to virus
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The Lathrop Senior Center will be closed for regular programming for the immediate future as the city works to comply with California’s recent recommendation to limit the number of people that gather in any one place to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

According to City Manager Steve Salvatore, the Senior Center will remain open for the regular lunch program but will be otherwise closed. Work is underway between the city and county officials to discuss the potential packaging of lunches for seniors so that they can be taken home or delivered if necessary.

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newson issued sweeping recommendations for the state to limit gatherings in public places to less than 250 people, and to limit gatherings of potentially immune-compromised individuals or those more susceptible to the virus – like seniors – to 10.

In order to comply, Lathrop is making changes not only to the programming schedule at the Lathrop Senior Center, but also at events that are planned throughout the next month including:

*Rescheduling the Senior Luau event, which draws more than 200 people, from March to July.

*Cancelling the senior bus trip to Columbia.

*Moving the senior/teen pool tournament from April to May.

*Cancelling the Family Feud event scheduled with Lathrop High School.

*Cancelling the Jr. NBA trip to Stockton Arena to watch the Stockton Kings after the NBA suspended its basketball operations for the foreseeable future.

The St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, which is scheduled at the Lathrop Senior Center for this morning at 9 a.m., will continue as planned.

Like all municipalities, the City of Lathrop is in contact with agencies at the county level to make determinations about future events and potential impacts from a situation that is being described as “extremely fluid.”

The city is also maintaining a portion of its website for information related to COVID-19 and the government recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. A number of documents are available for viewing or download, including a news release from this week urging immune-compromised individuals to take precautions to protect against the infection.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.