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Vulnerable Populations


Who Is Most At Risk?

Individuals over the age of 65 or with an underlying health condition qualify as vulnerable and face greater risks for COVID-19 or for getting necessary testing or care. This includes people with a chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people with a serious heart condition, 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 of 40 or higher), and people with diabetes. Individuals who regularly come into close contact with these vulnerable populations should also take enhanced precautions.  If you have questions, call the Division of Public Health Information Line at 1-866-408-1899. People who are deaf and hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211.

Resources for Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations

Hospital Guidance: Support Person for Individuals with Disabilities (May8)

Guidance for Older Adults & People with Underlying Medical Conditions

Guidance for Older Adults & People with Underlying Medical Conditions (Spanish)

What To Do If You Are At Higher Risk

What To Do If You Are At Higher Risk (Haitian Creole)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons

CDC Guidance for Seniors and Those with Serious Chronic Health Conditions

AARP Coronavirus Website

Alzheimer’s Association COVID-19 Website

Provider and Long-Term Care Facility Resources

Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 to Long-Term Care or Assisted Living Facilities (Updated May 7, 2020)

DPH Guidance for Management of Persons with Suspected COVID-19 Exposure, Discontinuation of Home Isolation (updated July 21, 2020)

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance) 

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living

Flyer for Visitors to Long Term Care Facilities

DHSS Infection Control and Prevention of COVID19 in Facilities Serving Older Adults (March 30, 2020)

LTC Facilities SHOC Status Update Form






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