Coronavirus – How We Are Preparing

3/20/2020 Update:

As of March 20th, FBS Administrative offices at 1330 Band Rd in Rosenberg are closed to all except essential staff, scheduled volunteers, delivery persons and pre-arranged donation drop offs. See below for more information.

3/13/2020 Update:

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop, we are making adjustments to our programs to ensure the wellbeing of our Clients, Volunteers, and Employees. Out of an abundance of caution and in following recommendations from local health officials, we have decided to suspend all congregate senior centers through the end of March, at which time we will re-evaluate the need to continue closures. We will ensure that all current participants in the Congregate Program receive meals during this closure. The Meals on Wheels Program will continue to deliver meals daily, Monday through Friday, with modifications made to ensure minimum exposure to our seniors during delivery.

This is in addition to measures already enacted:

  • Modifying meal delivery to a no-contact method for all seniors receiving Meals on Wheels
  • Distributing hand sanitizer to volunteers and staff as available, and encouraging regular use during deliveries
  • Increased disinfecting of all touch surfaces including door handles, faucets, tables, and countertops at all locations
  • Ordering shelf stable meals that will be distributed in the coming weeks as necessary to all seniors

Our current needs to support these efforts remain:

  • Funding for OR In-Kind donations of hand sanitizer, all-purpose disinfectant, and unused plastic grocery bags
  • Funding for additional purchases of shelf-stable and frozen meals for seniors that may need to quarantine in their homes
  • Additional volunteers prepared to support meal deliveries to seniors

If you are a senior center client who has not received a phone call about receiving home-delivered meals while our centers are closed, contact our Senior Center Coordinator, at 281-633-7058.

There is no higher priority to our entire Fort Bend Seniors Family than the Health and Wellbeing of our Clients, Volunteers, and Employees. We understand that a significant outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our communities could be severe for the vulnerable seniors we serve. We are closely monitoring information and resources being shared by the experts in disease control and are putting prevention and response plans into place. We are following health officials’ recommended steps to protect against coronavirus similarly to how we prevent the spread of other illnesses.

We know the critical importance of preparation in times like this and understand the delicate balance between panic and preparedness. While we do not anticipate a disruption in service at this time, our team is working with our service partners, local health officials, and our funders to develop plans that will ensure the seniors we serve continue to receive the nourishment and support they rely upon each and every day.

Any changes in our programs will be communicated directly to clients and volunteers through our emergency alert system, and the community through email, social media, and on our website at We thank you for your continued support at this time. Together we can ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors are cared for.

How you can protect yourself

Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

Cover Your Nose/Mouth When You Cough & Sneeze

Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue, so you don’t pass along germs through your hands. Throw tissue away immediately after.
Then, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Use Hand Sanitizer

If washing your hands isn’t an option at the moment, use hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol.
Remember, hand sanitizer is not a replacement for washing your hands.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes/Nose/Mouth

This can be difficult! Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
We often unconsciously touch our face, so be aware of your movements.

IMPORTANT resources

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services – Information on the spread of the virus in Fort Bend County

Administration for Community Living – Information for seniors & people with disabilities

Center for Disease Control – Up to date information on the virus, how to prevent it, and more

Houston Health Dept – Daily updates from Houston officials about the outbreak

COVID-19 Call Centers

Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 1-877-570-9779.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has established a call center for your COVID-19 related questions or concerns.  The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  General Public Line: 281-633-7795 and Physician and Community Partner Line: 281-344-6118.