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Red Bluff Community and Senior Center open as cooling center

The Red Bluff Community and Senior Center is open for those who need to take shelter from the heat.

Posted: Jun 24, 2020 5:19 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 9:33 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Red Bluff Community and Senior Center is open for those who need to take shelter from the heat.

Part of the community center is being used as a cooling center which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 26.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cooling locations in Tehama County is limited this year.

The center is asking people who come to the center to wear a mask. Also, the center is providing water bottles for those in need. Crates are available for people who have pets and would like to bring them.

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Action News Now spoke to a man who had no choice but to come to the center after his power was temporarily shut off at home.

“This resource, they do great,” says Walter Hurlburt, who lives in Red Bluff. “They have meals for senior citizens and they do a lot of things besides the cooling off.

Action News Now spoke to Karen Shaffer, community center supervisor, who says the center is taking extra precautions to keep the area clean and sanitized.

“So the room will be disinfected every night and we are asking them to wear a mask,” says Shaffer. “ We are providing them with a mask and social distance, we are asking them to do that.”

The center has hand-sanitizer dispensers available. Currently, they’re not limiting the number of people that can come in because the center is set up so that there’s enough distance between people.

There’s a testing site near the building, but Shaffer tells Action News Now there’s no problem with the cooling center or testing site overlapping.

Shasta County announced the opening of one of its cooling centers located at the Community Center at 4499 Main Street in the City of Shasta Lake.

The Red Bluff Community and Senior Center are located at 1500 S. Jackson Street.

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