High Risk Guidelines

High Risk Individual Phased Guidelines

Updated 6/12/2020


High-risk individuals are defined as people 65 years and older, people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, including lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised (many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications), people with severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, or liver disease.

Households with High-Risk Individuals

For those living with a high-risk individual, household members should conduct themselves as if they are a significant risk to the high-risk individual

  • Wash hands before interacting with the person, including before feeding or caring for the person
  • Provide a protected space for high-risk household members including separate bathroom accommodations if possible; ensure high-touch surfaces and objects are cleaned regularly
  • Those who are, or work with, vulnerable populations should undergo daily screening/symptom monitoring and should be tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for high-risk household member.
  • Additional CDC guidance for high-risk populations can be found here
Households with Sick Family Members
  • Give sick members their own room if possible and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them

YELLOW – LOW RISK

Actions by High-Risk Individuals
  • Face coverings worn in settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • For any travel, use appropriate precautions; avoid high-risk areas
  • Telework if possible, if not, maintain 6-foot distance
  • When visiting friends or family, wear face coverings when within a 6-foot distance
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence
  • Social interactions in groups of 20 or fewer people outside your household or residence
  • Limit visits to hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities   
Interactions with High-Risk Individuals

Individuals not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 take extra precautions and follow strict hygiene standards when interacting with high-risk groups

  • Do not interact with symptomatic individuals
  • Limit visits to hospitals
  • No visits to nursing homes and other residential care facilities 
  • Targeted testing for those working with high-risk individuals


RED

Actions by High-Risk Individuals
  • Face coverings worn at all times in public setting
  • Limit travel to only essential travel; if telework is not possible, limit travel to work-related travel only
  • Limit visiting friends or family without urgent need
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence
  • Limit attending gatherings of any number of people outside your household or residence
  • Do not visit hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities
Interactions with High-Risk Individuals
  • Avoid physical interactions with high-risk individuals as much as possible
  • No visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential care facilities
  • Targeted testing for those working with high-risk individuals

ORANGE

Actions by High-Risk Individuals
  • Face coverings worn at all times in public setting
  • Limit travel to only essential travel; if telework is not possible, limit travel to work-related travel only
  • Limit visiting friends or family without urgent need
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence
  • Limit attending gatherings of any number of people outside your household or residence
  • Do not visit hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities
Interactions with High-Risk Individuals
  • Avoid physical interactions with high-risk individuals as much as possible
  • No visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential care facilities
  • Targeted testing for those working with high-risk individuals

YELLOW

Actions by High-Risk Individuals
  • Face coverings worn in settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • For any travel, use appropriate precautions; avoid high-risk areas
  • Telework if possible, if not, maintain 6-foot distance
  • When visiting friends or family, wear face coverings when within a 6-foot distance
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence
  • Social interactions in groups of 20 or fewer people outside your household or residence
  • Limit visits to hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities   
Interactions with High-Risk Individuals

Individuals not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 take extra precautions and follow strict hygiene standards when interacting with high-risk groups

  • Do not interact with symptomatic individuals
  • Limit visits to hospitals
  • No visits to nursing homes and other residential care facilities 
  • Targeted testing for those working with high-risk individuals

GREEN

Actions by High-Risk Individuals

Due to the increased likelihood of COVID-19 spread in the New Normal phase, the following are strongly recommended for all high-risk individuals:

  • Do not interact in person or engage in close contact with symptomatic individuals
  • Continue to follow the principles of physical distancing, enhanced hygiene practices, symptom monitoring
  • Use face coverings when around non-household individuals and request visitors to do the same
  • Increased caution when interacting with the general public; when visiting public settings, or when interacting with those not practicing physical distancing
  • For any travel, use appropriate precautions; avoid high-risk areas
Interactions with High-Risk Individuals
  • Symptomatic individuals, or close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, should not interact with high-risk individuals
  • Follow the principles of physical distancing, enhanced hygiene practices including wearing a face covering, and symptom monitoring
  • Follow facility guidance when visiting hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities
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