Vulnerable Populations

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to recognize that certain groups of people are still at greater risk for getting severely ill should they contract COVID-19; these groups of individuals are commonly referred to as vulnerable populations.

People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 65 or have underlying medical conditions) should continue to maintain 6 ft of physical distance, avoid social settings, and minimize non-essential travel. 

Each phase will have specific guidance for those who are considered a vulnerable population. See the COVID-19 main page for further guidance for vulnerable populations.

Vulnerable Populations

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • 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
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Guidance for vulnerable populations can be found on the main page.