The Medical Advisory Team to the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission defines high-risk individuals as those likely to require a hospital bed. Utah - specific data and CDC guidelines identify the following as high-risk individuals:
- Age – People aged 65 years and older
- Group quarters – People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Lung disease – People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Heart conditions – People who have serious heart conditions
- Immunocompromised – People under cancer treatment, who smoke, who have bone marrow or organ transplants, HIV or AIDS, and who have prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- Obesity – People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index > 40)
- Underlying medical conditions – People with diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease, particularly if not well controlled
NOTE: Individuals who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.The Utah Department of Health has issued nine guidelines for high-risk individuals:
- Wear face masks at all times in public
- Stay home as much as possible. If you must go into public settings stay at least 6 feet from
- Wash hands
- Limit travel to only essential travel. If telework is not possible, limit travel to work-related travel only.
- Continue to seek emergency care, routine doctor visits, and medication pickups.
- Limit visiting friends or family without urgent
- 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 others in hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities.
- as well as work remotely if possible, if not, maintain social distancing (ideally 6+ feet).
NOTE: Most positions in the school district cannot work remotely when schools are operational and/or students/employees are present, e.g.:
- District Office Personnel - must be physically present to provide face-to-face customer service and support to employees/parents/patrons addressing student learning/safety and other concerns.
- Educational Leaders - must be physically present to address student learning as well as safety/emergency situations; e.g. student altercations/fights, medical incidents, social and emotional support for students and employees, injured student/employee, upset parent, waterline break, power and/or phone outage, fire, lockdown, bomb threat, active shooter, carbon monoxide, shelter-in-place, hazardous materials, earthquake, and public health emergency.
- Teachers - must be physically present to address student learning and supervision, provide social and emotional support, as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- Counselors - must be physically present to provide students social and emotional support as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- School Psychologists/Social Workers - must be physically present to provide student social and emotional support, complete required testing, as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- Administrative Assistants - must be physically present to address student, patron, educator, and supervisor needs/concerns as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- Para Educators - must be physically present to address student learning and supervision as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- Nurses - must be physically present to address ongoing student medical issues as well as address safety/emergency situations.
- Custodial - must be physically present to clean, sanitize, and maintain the facility.
- Facilities Services - must be physically present to perform maintenance duties; e.g. electrical, HVAC, mowing, painting, plumbing.
- Information Technology Services - must be physically present to perform maintenance duties; e.g. computer and network repair, ID Badge production, onsite customer service.
- Nutrition - must be physically present to prepare and serve meals to students as well as clean and sanitize.
- Transportation - must be physically present to transport students to and from schools as well as clean and sanitize.
Sources: Utah Health Department, coronavirus.utah.gov, cdc.gov