Individuals at Higher Risk

People at high risk include anyone who:

  • Is 65 years of age or older
  • Lives in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Has a high-risk condition that includes:
    • chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • heart disease with complications
    • compromised immune system
    • severe obesity - body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
    • other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease

Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.

Additionally, the CDC has more information about at-risk individuals, including older adults, people with asthmapeople with HIV and what they can do to protect themselves. 

Adult Congregate Living Facilities

All facilities that serve as residential establishments for high-risk persons described above should not allow visitors. These establishments include nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, and correctional facilities unless it is an end-of-life visit.

Learn more about actions long-term care facilities should take