Coronavirus Information for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Tennessee Department of Health is committed to keeping you and your family informed on the latest news around the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. COVID-19 information changes quickly, so be sure to check the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (tn.gov), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites regularly for the latest news.
Tennessee has prioritized COVID-19 vaccinations for the following groups:
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Caregivers of Medically Fragile Children
- Home Care Workers / Direct Support Professionals
To learn more about Tennessee’s vaccine phases and state COVID-19 testing information, visit the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (tn.gov).
To help protect you and your family from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:
Important Ways to Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
If You are at Risk of Getting Very Sick
- People of any age can get COVID-19, even healthy young adults and children.
- People who are older or have certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Other groups may be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having more severe illness.
What Symptoms to Watch For
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
Other symptoms are signs of serious illness. If someone has trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, or difficulty staying awake, get medical care immediately.
What to Do If You're Sick
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Isolate yourself from other members of your family to prevent spread to them and the people that they may have contact with, like grandparents.
- Even if you don’t feel sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others.
- Get care immediately if you are having emergency warning signs, like trouble breathing, pain or pressure in chest.
For more information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.
For information on COVID-19 and children and families with children and youth with special health care needs, see the links below: