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O’Neill Center Schedule

O’Neill Center (located at 333 Fourth St., Marietta) schedule for the week of Sept. 13-17:

Today

10 a.m. -Chair Exercises

1 p.m.- Matter of Balance

4 p.m.- Trivia

5:30 p.m. – Zumba

Tuesday

10 a.m. – Gentle Yoga

1 p.m. – Bridge

Wednesday

10 a.m.- Chair Volleyball

1 p.m. – Tai Chi Beginner

1 p.m. – Euchre

2 p.m. – Tai Chi Advanced

4 p.m.- Trivia

5:30 p.m.- Zumba

Thursday

9 a.m.- Blood Pressure Check

9:30 a.m. – Bingo

1 p.m. – Hand & Foot

Friday

11:30 a.m. – Knit and Crochet Society

1 p.m. – Fun & Fit: $5

1 p.m. – Movie: “The Theory of Everything”

If you have any questions, please contact the center at 740-373-3914 or visit our homepage at oneillcenter.com.

Mask Requirement

The O’Neill Senior Center, located at 333 Fourth St. in Marietta, Ohio, as well as the Belpre Senior Center, 1614 Washington Blvd, Belpre, Ohio, have made a return to requiring masks of everyone who enters any of the facilities or uses the medical transportation services, according to Erin O’Neill, the Center’s Development Coordinator.

The mask requirement had been lifted briefly for everyone in June but, because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in Washington County, employees were asked to once again start wearing masks at the beginning of August.

Currently, the county finds itself at very high risk with numbers on a dangerous upswing, resulting in many recent COVID-related deaths, as well as capacity problems in our local health facilities.

The O’Neill Center has asked that anyone who comes into the buildings please consider the following five C’s of Covid: Caring, Communication, Community, Continuity and Compassion.

“Our employees stepped up to the plate and put masks back on several weeks ago,” explained Executive Director Connie Huntsman. “We did our best to allow personal choice when it came to this since most of our guests have been vaccinated. After reviewing the data and having in-depth conversations, however, we made the decision to require masks within our facilities for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.”

Cooperation and compliance is crucial in this critical time. The next step would unfortunately be a decrease in programs and services or a complete shutdown.

“That is absolutely what we do not want.” O’Neill said. “The Center serves as a lifeline for too many of the area’s seniors for us to have to cease operations again. So that’s why we need to require masks of everyone. And they must be worn properly. It seems to me to be a small sacrifice to be able to keep offering the services that we do.”

Huntsman added, “we are doing our best to get full cooperation with this, but sometimes people enter our facility without a mask and we aren’t aware of it. We are doing our best to reach out to those individuals and ask them to comply with our requirements. Together, we can achieve a brighter future on the road back to normal.”

Masks will be provided for anyone who needs one. For more information, contact 740-373-3914.

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