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ADPH: Escambia County COVID-19 risk is high

Escambia County is listed as high risk based on the COVID-19 problem in the county, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The department sets risk levels as very high, high, moderate or low.

According to the ADPH, people living in a place in the orange (high) phase should follow the general guidelines to help move the area from the high risk to the moderate risk phase.

According to the ADPH, the general guidelines include:

• maintaining social distancing in public settings;

• continuing social distancing at work; wear face coverings at work when social distancing is not possible; and work from home when possible;

• limit out of state travel;

• maintaining social distancing during outdoor recreation;

• wear face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain;

• avoid groups of more than 20 people;

• takeout, pickup or delivery from restaurants is encouraged rather than dining in; and,

• hold online worship services if possible. When meeting in person, keep a 6-foot distances between people of different households, and consider holding more services for lower attendance, and more spacing between people at each service.

Those who are at high risk, including people 65 or older and people with heart disease, diabetes, other chronic diseases, or weakened immune systems must always wear a face covering in public; don’t take no essential trips; limit visits with friends or family outside your household; limit in person meetings if possible with people outside of your household; avoid groups of any size, if possible, with people outside of your household; and avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes or other residential care facilities, according to the ADPH.

For children, keep them away from in person playdates or similar activities outside of the school, and don’t allow children to play on public playgrounds.