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ACCESS Senior Fair postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

ACCESS’s annual Senior Fair, a Medford event intended to showcase resources and services for senior citizens, has been postponed until late next month due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fair was scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. It will now be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, according to a news release.

The fair is described as a “one-stop resource” that boasts more than 80 information booths that contain resources on health care, living facilities, social service agencies, local hospitals, art organizations and other professional services. The one-day event sees an average of 3,000 attendees.

ACCESS officials made the decision as a safety precaution, “especially (for) senior citizens, but it also includes the rest of the community,” said ACCESS marketing official Luis Sanchez. “It was just kind of taking an extra precaution. We care about the health of our community members. We wanted to take that into consideration when we made a decision.”

The Centers for Disease Control has said older people and those with underlying conditions such as heart and lung disease seem “to be at greater risk” from the virus.

Three Oregonians have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority website. Gov. Kate Brown said 86 others were being monitored, according to the Associated Press.

All Senior Fair vendors will attend the rescheduled event, Sanchez said.

“Everything’s essentially getting shifted out six weeks,” he said. “But it’s still going to happen. It’s still going to be a great resource for the community.”

See www.accesshelps.com for more information.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.