The Area Agency on Aging announced today a COVID-19 expansion to their Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC Helpline). Seniors 60+ are encouraged to call the ADRC Helpline for assistance with food, food stamps, COVID 19 information such as testing sites, and questions on Medicare or Medicaid. Call the ADRC Helpline at 1(866) 684-5885. Specially trained counselors are available to help in English, Spanish or Creole Monday through Friday 8:00 – 5:00.
Slosberg feels increased testing is the key to battle this deadly virus. “We don’t really know the magnitude of the problem, we don’t know how many, we don’t know what the burden will be on our health care system,” she said.
Democratic Representative Emily Slosberg says her office has joined in to help make the process for filing easier by providing paper copies of the reemployment assistance applications. The applications have been placed throughout 10 different legislation offices around Palm Beach County. This will allow the unemployment website online to run smoother and efficiently.
“The reason that this is so important is because we’re sitting here in the dark. Palm Beach County doesn’t even know how many cases we have because we haven’t been testing. So I’m relieved to see that we are testing now and that hopefully we can continue to get the resources that we need.,” said State Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton.
The outspoken representative sent a letter to the governor’s office days ago, asking for a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site in southern Palm Beach County, so that the most vulnerable in the area aren’t forced to drive forty minutes north to FITTEAM Ballpark of Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, a testing site that opened Tuesday.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” says state Rep. Emily Slosberg, a Democrat whose Boca Raton district is home to some 30,000 seniors. “It’s March 26 and Palm Beach County has no testing sites.”
The state lawmaker reminded the governor that her district has more 80-somethings than the Villages, where hundreds will be tested.