St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging urging local seniors to take precautions due to COVID rate increase
The rate of positive cases of COVID-19 is rising in St. Lawrence County, said the county Office for the Aging in a recent press release.
The Office for the Aging is strongly urging older adults to stay home as much as possible to protect themselves.Older adults have a much higher risk of fatal complications of COVID-19.
“While we understand this is heartbreaking to consider, please rethink holiday gatherings with extended family members who don’t live with you. Many people are asymptomatic and could inadvertently pass along the virus to you,” said Andrea Montgomery, Office for the Aging Director.
There are many options available for older adults to better protect themselves against COVID-19, the office said.
There are a variety of early morning shopping hours that are safer for older adults. Many grocery stores and pharmacies offer delivery services. Consider asking family members or friends to shop for you.
If you absolutely must go out, take the following universal precautions, the press release said. Wear a mask at all times. Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet or more when possible. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer and use hand sanitizer. Do not have visitors inside your home if it can be prevented. If it can’t, visitors should wears masks at all times and keep their distance from you.
If you are an older adult in need of food or basic necessities or know an older adult that needs assistance, call the office at 315-386-4730.
The Office for the Aging will remain open during this pandemic and is committed to helping older adults.