All American's this week received a "Slow the Spread" mailing to encourage safe practices as the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the United States.
Titled "President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America," the mailing was sponsored by The White House, with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Americans are first and foremost reminded in the mailing to listen to state and local authorities regarding restrictions, warnings, and advice for citizens.
"If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider," the mailing reads. "If you are an older person, or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people. If someone in your household has tested positive, keep the entire household at home."
The public service announcement further warns, "Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus."
The advice in the mailing recommends that people work from home, if possible, and to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. People are further advised to use pickup or delivery options for meals and to limit travel, unless absolutely necessary.
Americans are also warned to not visit nursing homes or senior care facilities; however, such visits have been banned across much of the country, including here in Walker County.
The PSA ends with a list of good hygiene practices: wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into tissues or the inside of your elbow, and disinfect surfaces and items often.
More information on safe practices can be found at www.coronavirus.gov.
As of mid-afternoon Saturday, Walker County had 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the state of Alabama neared 700 confirmed cases. Over 103,000 cases have been diagnosed in the United States, and nearly 1,700 have died from the virus.
Of all counties in Alabama, Walker County is sixth in the state for having the most confirmed cases of COVID-19.