MILWAUKEE, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) - Seniors and those with preexisting medical conditions are already at highest risk of dealing with health issues tied to the coronavirus, and they're surely dealing with the stress and anxiety that comes along with knowing that.

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"It's a lot of stress that they're going through at this point because they don't know or don't understand if they're social distancing the right distance, am I washing my hands enough, is the person caring for me washing their hands?" Marietta Luster, the program manager with the Milwaukee County Disabilities Services Division, told Spectrum News 1.

Spectrum News 1's ongoing Mental Health Awareness series in partnership with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division continued Thursday with a focus on the additional mental health stressors seniors and those with disabilities are facing right now.

"It's important to stay connected-- stay connected with your family, with your friends, your church members," Luster said.

Watch the entire interview above and tune into Spectrum News 1 all week long for our continuing series on mental health during the coronavirus crisis (topics listed below).

For anyone struggling with mental health issues or questions, call 2-1-1 or the 24-hour crisis line (414-257-7222) where clinicians can offer mental health support and guidance while connecting callers to more resources that can help.


Friday: How to help your children manage their mental health during COVID-19.