Help for High Risk Individuals

People who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. All students, faculty, and staff are advised to perform the following steps to determine if they are considered to be at higher risk and review CDC guidance on how to mitigate that risk. Regardless of one’s health status, engaging in this process will inform all on how to best help individuals at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Links to CDC webpages are used to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

Step 1: Assess your risk by reviewing CDC’s People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness and Other-at-Risk Populations webpages, and/ or watching the CDC video COVID-19: Are you at higher risk for severe illness?

Step 2: Learn how to reduce the risk of getting sick with COVID-19, by reviewing the CDC’s Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness, including action steps for specific medical conditions.

Step 3: Create a personal health plan with your primary care provider.  Bates College will follow CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Individuals at high risk should consider how they will live and/or work at Bates College during the COVID-19 outbreak, and what actions, including working or learning remotely, might be necessary to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk.

Step 4: Contact your treating physician or health care provider if you are considered to be at higher risk for severe illness. Discuss your medical condition, health risk, and personal health plan. Together, you will be able to adjust your individual plan, identify actions that might be necessary to reduce your COVID-19 exposure risk, and have an action plan in the event that you do become sick.

Step 5: Request Adjustments/ Accommodations for any measures you may need to reduce your COVID-19 exposure risk. Students should contact the Manager of Outreach and Support Services at Bates Health Services to discuss possible adjustments and/or accommodations. 

Individuals who are not considered to be at higher risk for severe illness, but are concerned about someone in their home or family, can review the CDC guidance Prevent Getting Sick and If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone to create plans to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk.

More Information from the CDC

How to Protect Yourself And Others

People of Any Age with Underlying Medical Conditions

Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education