Employees with medical conditions that could be exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak should contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Accommodations may include work from home arrangements, adjustments of work schedules, or adjustments of work locations. Employees will be required to provide medical documentation of their condition and how it may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
UNC Asheville is committed to supporting university faculty and staff who may be at higher risk (or have a household member at higher risk) of severe illness from COVID-19, which generally includes all individuals over the age of 65 and anyone with an underlying medical condition that puts them at high risk. Please review this link for additional information regarding COVID-19 and the risks associated with it.
Employees who meet high risk criteria (or have a household member who meets these criteria) and for which onsite work could place them further at risk may request alternative work arrangements through the University’s formal request process. Possible alternative work arrangements include minimizing face-to-face contact, modifying job responsibilities to avoid exposure risk, or working remotely if possible. Employees may request these alternate work arrangements by completing the online request form and having their medical provider complete a certification form:
- High Risk Health Special Consideration Request Form
- Medical Certification Form for High Risk Special Consideration
As the pandemic continues, some staff may be asked to work a staggered or flexible work schedule or to work remotely. Employees approved to work remotely this fall on a part-time or full-time basis should complete a Remote Work Agreement (user will login using OnePort credentials to access the form).
Who are high-risk individuals?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies people as “high-risk” for experiencing greater complications if they contract COVID-19. As of August 1, 2020, the following information was provided by the CDC regarding high risk categories.
- As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.
- People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
People with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus