Senior citizens make preparations for coronavirus

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At the Panama City Beach Senior Center, people are staying busy.

While staff and members of the Panama City Beach Senior Center say they're taking all of the necessary precautions to prevent the coronavirus from taking hold, members also say they're not stopping from having a little bit of fun. (WJHG/WECP)

"As you can see, we still have a full round of activities. Folks are still coming in," said Tammy Call, director of the senior center.

But they know they're not immune to COVID-19.

"Reading and researching a lot of it and taking it very serious because my husband a couple of years ago got three bapteria in his lungs, he's 87 years old," said Donna Coyne, a senior center member.

Staff members at the senior center say keeping things clean is essential.

"We're doing a lot of stuff. Proactive, you know, Lysol, wiping down the door handles, making sure the bathrooms are all good and clean," said Call.

While staff and members of the Panama City Beach Senior Center say they're taking all of the necessary precautions to prevent the coronavirus from taking hold, members also say they're not stopping from having a little bit of fun.

"We're just gonna really watch what we do, wash our hands. If we go shopping, wash our hands. Hygiene is the most important I think right now," said Karen McDonald, a senior center member.

"Plans are the same and we're just trying to avoid any situation if we see somebody coughing or whatever, we can walk the other way," said Coyne.

Although some seniors say if the center does get shut down due to social isolation and they're unable to meet with friends and family, they still plan on staying busy.

"I think you need to keep your mind active. So if that's the issue and we have to stay inside, then we just do things inside; play cards, or read, or do puzzles," said McDonald.

Focusing on staying healthy physically and mentally.

"Life goes on, and we're going to enjoy every day we can," said McDonald.

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