COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Risk Guidance

Last Updated: December 7, 2022

For all risk levels, we strongly recommend: 

Be mindful of your setting: 

  • Are you able to open windows and doors to improve ventilation? 
  • Are others you are gathering with, at an increased risk for getting COVID-19?  
  • Would virtual or smaller gatherings be safer? 
  • Is there another time, when it is less busy, that you can be in a space? 
  • Is everyone that will be in a space, up to date with their COVID-19 and influenza (flu) vaccines? 

Use this resource to access evidence-based recommendations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in plain language format. 

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Guidance for General Population

    • Mask: Wear if you prefer for risk reduction.  May continue to be required in certain settings.
  • Social Gatherings: Gather with people as you feel comfortable.
  • High-risk Settings*: Enter high-risk settings as you feel comfortable.

Guidance for High Risk Population**

  • Mask: Wear if you prefer for risk reduction.  May continue to be required in certain settings.
  • Social Gatherings: Gather with people as you feel comfortable.
  • High-risk Settings*: Enter high-risk settings as you feel comfortable.

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Guidance for General Population

  • Mask: Wear if you prefer for risk reduction.  May continue to be required in certain settings.
  • Social Gatherings: Gather with people as you feel comfortable.
  • High-risk Settings*: Enter high-risk settings as you feel comfortable.

Guidance for High Risk Population**

  • Mask: Recommended for high-risk indoor public spaces.  May continue to be required in certain settings.
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group masked gatherings are suggested. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Enter high-risk settings as you feel comfortable.

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Guidance for General Population

  • Mask: Recommended for high-risk indoor public spaces or when interacting with high risk individuals. 
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group masked gatherings are suggested. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Limit attending high-risk settings. 

Guidance for High-Risk Population** 

  • Mask: Recommended for all interactions with people from outside your household. 
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group masked gatherings are recommended. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Limit attending high-risk settings. 

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Guidance for General Population

  • Mask: Recommended for all interactions with people from outside your household. 
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group masked gatherings are recommended. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Limit attending high-risk settings. 

Guidance for High Risk Population** 

  • Mask: Strongly recommended for all interactions with people from outside your household. 
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group masked gatherings, wearing tightly fitted masks, are strongly recommended. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Avoid attending high-risk settings. 

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Guidance for General Population

  • Mask: Strongly recommended for all interactions with people from outside your household. 
  • Social Gatherings: Outdoor or small group gatherings, wearing tightly fitted masks, are strongly recommended. If gathering indoors pay attention to ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Avoid attending high-risk settings. 

Guidance for High Risk Population** 

  • Mask: Strongly recommended for all interactions with people from outside your household. 
  • Social Gatherings: Avoid gathering indoors. If you are, masks and proper ventilation (through windows/doors/mechanical/air filtration means) are strongly recommended to decrease risks of transmission. 
  • High-risk Settings*: Avoid attending high-risk settings. 

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NOTES:

*A high-risk setting is a place where transmission levels could be higher due to large capacity limits, limited physical distancing, and poor ventilation.

**Individuals would be considered high risk if they fit in at least one of the following categories:

  • Residents who are unvaccinated, or not up to date with current vaccination recommendations
  • Older Adult (>60)
  • Immunocompromised or medically at-risk
  • Please speak with your health care provider if you have questions about your personal health