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Seniors: New Transportation Policies and Procedures Released

Bellingham Senior Center van driver Carl Malo

From the COA Newsletter: 

Transportation is back at the Senior Center and state-mandated guidelines, designed to make the ride safe, are in place for passengers and drivers.
When you call the Center to arrange for a ride, you will be advised and/or asked:
  • Do you have a cough or a fever or have been in contact with someone with COVID 19? If the answer is yes, you’ll be advised to call your doctor and the ride will be declined.
  • If you are taken to a medical facility for an appointment and are turned away because you have a fever, we will not be able to transport you home.
  • You must use sanitizer and wear a mask upon entering the van. There will be no eating or drinking while on board.
  • The last medical appointment of the day will be at 1 PM. Transportation is only available currently for medical appointments.
Van drivers have been briefed on the “new normal” of transportation. They will each wear a mask. Please note that if a driver arrives to pick up a passenger who appears to be unwell, the driver can refuse transportation.

When transporting passengers in wheelchairs, gloves and goggles must be worn. Drivers will ensure that passengers are at least six feet apart.

Vans that have eight seats will transport only two passengers at a time. Vans with 12 seats will transport three passengers. At the end of each ride, the interior of the van will be thoroughly disinfected.

At the end of a driver’s shift, he or she must sweep out the van and empty all trash. All surfaces will be wiped down and sanitized.

If you are in need of a ride, please call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398.




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