Home isolation strongly encouraged for those over 65

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 00:42:31-04

On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom gave directives and expanded social distancing measures, now asking that everyone over the age of 65 stay home.

"That is an extra measure of protection for the highest risk individuals and I think it is very appropriate because what we really want to do here at the end of the day is save lives," said Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer.

Public health officials say those over 65 should stay home until further notice, and while they realize it can be alarming and a burden, it is all in an effort to keep those most in danger safe.

The county says its Department of Social Services is in talks with the Governor's Office. Once San Luis Obispo County receives direction from the Governor about what he plans to do with state resources, local and state governments can work together to provide services to those 65 and older.

Already, community members are taking action to address the change.

"I live in a small community and a number of people have started reaching out to those of us that fall into the category, the senior category or at risk, and have offered to run errands for us," said Michele Sherman, Cambria resident.

While certain food delivery services are still available, you should check with your local grocery store or pharmacy that may offer deliveries so you do not have to leave your home.

It is highly advised if you are over 65 to stay home, but if you absolutely need to leave your house, you may.