CDC Changes Definition of Individuals “At Increased Risk” for Severe Illness from COVID-19

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CDC Changes Definition of Individuals “At Increased Risk” for Severe Illness from COVID-19

Shaw HRC Alters COVID-19 ADA Disability Compliance Program Based on CDC Changes Made in July, 2020

Download Newly Updated Materials and Training Video at www.shawhrconsulting.com/covid
In addition, DFEH Provides Guidelines for Reasonable Accommodations Related to COVID-19 in New FAQ

Prior to July 17, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) listed those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions (with a provided list of medical conditions) were at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

On July 17, 2020 the CDC revised their language:

  • Removing “age 65+” as a guideline and instead changing the language to “the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.”
  • Creating two lists of medical conditions — one where individuals “are” at increased risk; and a second who “might” be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

With the changing of this language, Shaw HR Consulting has made significant alterations to its COVID-19 ADA Disability Compliance Program and its materials.  Essentially, the revised process more closely aligns with a traditional short term disability interactive process, taking into consideration CDC guidelines.

To view the revised training video and download revised program materials go to:  www.shawhrconsulting.com/covid. You will be asked to become a member of the site.  Membership is free.

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In addition, on July 24, 2020 DFEH Provided Guidelines for Reasonable Accommodations Related to COVID-19 in New FAQ.  Review the new FAQ document here.

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