STOW — City leaders decided Tuesday to cancel all Stow Parks & Recreation sponsored senior citizen programs, events and community bus trips beginning immediately, through April 3, citing an abundance of caution related to recent concerns around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Monday’s announcement of three confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County forced local community leaders to look at senior citizen programs in the context of the health and wellness of senior residents.

"The city’s parks & recreation department prides itself on its vast array of senior citizen programs, all of which are well-attended," said Mayor John Pribonic. "We are disappointed in having to cancel these programs, however the safety and wellbeing of our senior citizens is of the greatest concern. When it comes to resident safety, we will always err on the side of caution."

Included in the cancellations which will run through April 3, are regular programs at the Stow Senior Center, including cards, fitness/balance/cardio classes, bingo, blood pressure screenings, dominoes, and Mah Jongg. Canceled bus trips include Lunch Bunches, trips to P. Graham Dunn, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Special events that will be canceled during this timeframe include the Wheel of Fortune Luncheon and Popcorn Movie Night. All registrants that have paid for programs and trips in advance will receive a refund or credit.

Community leaders will continue to monitor the scenario as it impacts the local community. For additional information or resources regarding COVID-19, contact Summit County Public Health 24/7 hotline at 330-926-5795 or visit the CDC website: