CDC Advice on Vulnerable Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control have identified broad categories of individuals who are at higher risk for severe COVID illness:

  • 65 and older
  • Nursing home / long-term care residents
  • Those with certain underlying conditions that are not well controlled, such as lung and heart conditions, immune compromised individuals, severely obese, diabetics, and those with kidney and liver diseases

For the latest, please see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

For Individual Concerns

If you are concerned that you may be at higher risk, UA has established individuals to assist you with questions and requests for accommodations.  Please contact:

For students – Office of Disability Services

For faculty and staff – Human Resources

For medical questions, please contact the UA Covid Support Program at 205.348.CV19, the Student Health Center, University Medical Center, or your personal healthcare provider

Accommodations

For those who are in the vulnerable population and in need of a COVID-19 related accommodation, please find the COVID-19 Accommodation Request Form here:  https://hr.ua.edu/covid-19-accommodation-request-form-now-available.  Examples of COVID-19 accommodations include continuing to work remotely, changing shifts and/or changing work schedule to allow for staggered arrival and departure times, physical work site modifications, providing additional personal protective equipment (PPE), leave of absence, etc.

Additionally, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides employees with Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (“EFML”) for specified reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These reasons include childcare issues caused because of schools closing or being on-line as a result of COVID-19 or being required to quarantine or isolate as a result of COVID-19.  More information regarding EPSL and EFML is located here: https://hr.ua.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-faqs-leaves-of-absence

Should any employee need an accommodation under the ADA, please contact our ADA Coordinator, Emily Marbutt.