To protect your health during the pandemic, it is important to stay up to date on the COVID-19 risk in your area. For your convenience, the Alabama Department of Health has designed an easy-to-use risk dashboard so you can check the current risk level in Jefferson County.
At SeniorSmart, we understand that seniors and their families may not be comfortable leaving their homes when their area’s risk is high. Some of our members fall into the “vulnerable population” category and must take extra precautions for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones. If you are having trouble locating the current risk data for our community, you can call us at 205.460.1124 for further assistance.
The Alabama Department of Health Risk Indicator Dashboard
Some of our senior community members may fall into the “high-risk” category, and in that case, they need to avoid possible exposure to the coronavirus at all costs. This may include anyone age 65 and up or those with heart conditions, chronic illness, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, or a BMI (body mass index) over 30. If you or a household member is considered high risk, you should remain cautious if you need to leave your home, regardless of your area’s risk level.
For your convenience, you can always check the risk dashboard before you decide if you should leave your home. You can be assured that the information is updated regularly, so you will always know the COVID-19 risk for Jefferson County at a glance. If you need to travel outside of the county, you can also use the risk indicator to check out other Alabama counties.
Many of the questions you may have about the COVID-19 risk in your community are answered on the risk dashboard, such as:
- Are new COVID-19 cases declining? If so, how long has this been the case?
- How many new COVID-19 cases have there been?
- Have COVID-19 testing goals been met?
- How many residents have been tested for COVID-19?
- What percent of COVID-19 tests came back positive?
- Have medical visits for COVID-like symptoms declined?
- What percent of medical visits were contributed to COVID-like symptoms?
When you use the risk dashboard, you can find information for any county in Alabama. Just select Jefferson County from the dropdown menu on the top right of the screen to limit the data to that area.
COVID-19 Information from Alabama Public Health
Another great source of current information about the state of the pandemic in Alabama is the Alabama Public Health website. You can find a variety of information regarding public health, including:
- The latest information from the Office of the Governor regarding mandates and the Safer at Home Order
- COVID-19 vaccine resources – basic information, eligibility, updates, myths, frequently asked questions, and volunteer opportunities
- Recommendations for each risk level of the pandemic
The Alabama Public Health website is a helpful source of information on the pandemic and other health-related services in the state.
SeniorSmart Can Help Keep You Updated on the COVID-19 Risk in Jefferson County
As a senior, it is especially important to be mindful of your health, so keeping up to date on the latest pandemic information is necessary. Some of our community members may need extra assistance navigating the Department of Health information.
SeniorSmart is here for our local seniors and their families to make staying current on the pandemic more manageable. We provide free information on topics relevant to our senior community right here on our blog, such as Medicare, social security, and retirement living. A SeniorSmart membership with our concierge services includes personalized assistance to provide peace of mind for Jefferson County seniors. For more details about where to find COVID-19 risk data or sign up for a membership, reach out to us online or call us at 205.460.1124 today.