Employees with Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19

Employees with Higher-Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19

The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions, including:

  • People 65 years or older
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions, including high blood pressure
  • 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 (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease.

Employees in the above groups should consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with their supervisor and healthcare provider. N-95 masks will be available for employees in the above groups who cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others during work.

Supervisors or employees should contact Human Resources to discuss instances potentially needing an additional accommodation for someone who has identified themselves as higher risk for severe illness and unable to work in conditions provided to them.