Knowing the most current information about the pandemic may be of the utmost importance for seniors and their families, especially for those considered high risk. Many of our community members are following the stay-at-home order and avoiding unnecessary trips. There may still be times when you will need to leave your home, and accessing updates on the Jefferson County COVID-19 risk can help ensure your safety, whatever the nature of your outing.
At SeniorSmart, we are dedicated to helping our local senior community stay safe and healthy. We can help you find the updates you depend on for the safety of yourself and your loved ones. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 risk in the area, you can learn more about our services at 205.460.1124 or reach out to us online.
March Updates on the Jefferson County COVID-19 Risk
For the latest information on the state of the pandemic in the area, you can check the Alabama Department of Health COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard. Updates are submitted each Thursday using data from the previous Saturday so you can feel confident that you are seeing the current state of the pandemic in Jefferson County.
As of March 4, 2021, the Jefferson County COVID-19 risk was determined to be low. On the Alabama Public Health website, you can find an infographic showing guidelines for each risk phase. During this low-risk phase, the Alabama Department of Health advises the following:
- Maintain social distancing of six feet.
- Wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
- Large gatherings and venues, including worship services, are permitted as long as measures are in place for hygiene, distancing, face coverings, and symptom checks.
- Self-monitor for symptoms before leaving home. Stay home if symptoms are present.
- Wash hands often.
Keep in mind that if you do need to travel outside of the county, you can use the risk indicator dashboard to check the risk phase in any other Alabama county. There are still counties in the state rated as very high risk, including nearby Blount County.
Recommendations for High-Risk Seniors During Jefferson County’s Low-Risk Phase
Although the Jefferson County COVID-19 risk phase is currently low, those considered high-risk still need to practice additional caution when leaving their homes. “High-risk” includes people 65 or older and those who suffer from heart disease, autoimmune conditions, or diabetes.
If you are considered to be high-risk, it is recommended to:
- Avoid anyone showing signs of illness.
- Maintain social distancing of six feet at all times.
- Wear face coverings when around anyone outside your household. If anyone comes to your home, ask that they also wear face coverings.
- Avoid crowded areas or any venue where social distancing is not being enforced.
- Stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.
SeniorSmart Can Keep You Current on COVID-19 Information
It can be a challenge to stay up to date on COVID-19 rates. There is a lot of information out there that can be confusing, and the resulting information overload can be overwhelming for seniors.
At SeniorSmart, we want to help ease your mind with the latest updates on the pandemic. Our goal is to provide our senior community with the most relevant information for them and their loved ones. Our senior living blog covers topics such as health, finances, social security, retirement living, and medicare to help our community enjoy their retirement years to the fullest.
SeniorSmart members and their families enjoy the benefits of our online materials, as well as concierge-level services for personalized assistance and advice on health and financial matters. To learn more about how we can help support you or a loved one during the pandemic, call us at 205.460.1124.