​Defining 'High Risk' workers from CDC and TDH 

Statement Intended For High Risk Healthcare Workers With Increased Risk of Serious Illness 

Based on current CDC and TDH guidelines, Healthcare Workers with the following underlying conditions are defined as, high risk for severe illness. Health Care workers in these categories should be considered for work reassignment: 
  • Adults 60 and older 
  • HIV positive 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Asthma and COVID+ 
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • Severely immunocompromised (for example: Transplant and Hematology/Oncology patients)

Health Care Workers meeting the definition of high risk for COVID-19 serious illness, by the above definition should: 
      1. Follow the Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel exposed to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 
      2. Adherence to recommended infections prevention and control practices based on risk category. 
      3. Consider limiting exposure to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients 
      4. Employee compliance with recommended PPE during higher risk aerosol-generating procedures (intubation, CPAP, high-flow O2 suctioning, nebulizers use etc.) 
​Managers and Supervisors of Health Care workers meeting the definition of Higher Risk Status (based on underlying medical conditions) should during the current COVID-19 Pandemic 
      1. Also use the CDC Risk Assessment Guide for defining exposure risk, cross reference risk as it relates to, the type(s) of PPE used by the employee during the event 
      2. Consider re-assigning employees temporarily, based on job functions to non-high risk duties commensurate to the employee’s skill set, licensure etc., at the discretion of Departmental COVID-19 Disaster Policies 
      3. Refer potential exposures events/cases to the collaborative teams of Occupational Health and Infectious Disease, as per established protocols.