Individuals at Higher Risk

Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus, but some people are more likely than others to become severely ill.

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
    • obesity - body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
    • other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease or sickle cell disease

Read the CDC's full list of underlying medical conditions at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, 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