NEW LEXINGTON — Due to recent reports of COVID-19 (coronavirus) being in Ohio, The Perry County Tribune has announced the postponement of the 2020 Senior Expo and Health Fair. The original date was set for next Friday, March 20, but will be postponed until further notice.

“The plan would be to reschedule something in June,” Brenda Carney, APG Media Account Executive, said.

She added that the tentative date will depend on future reports regarding the coronavirus.

Reasons for cancelling the Senior Expo is because the event brings together a large group of people. This week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made a public announcement issuing an order to limit large gatherings of people.

The senior citizen population is also most vulnerable to coronavirus, which makes up a large portion of attendees for the Senior Expo. According to the Administration for Community Living, older adults are twice as likely to contract the virus, according to early testing.

The Perry County Tribune will be contacting vendors, sponsors and guest speakers about the change of scheduling. Most of the vendors and sponsors work in the health care sector.

Carney sent out a notification of the event change on Thursday. The message reads as follows:

“In light of the latest developments with the coronavirus and for the overall safety and concern for our community, especially our senior population, as well as our sponsors and vendors, The Perry County Tribune has decided to postpone the Perry County Senior Expo scheduled for next Friday, March 20.

“Our plan is to reschedule this event for June, but we will continue to assess and monitor the situation before setting that final date. In the meantime, we will continue to hold your current sponsorship and vendor positions and let you know as soon as the new date is set. We appreciate your support of the event and look forward to seeing you in June.”

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