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New to the group and have questions
Hi everyone! I am new to the group. My 17 yr old son has a bicuspid heart valve with some regurgitation. We didn't find out till last year when he was **** with I believe strep throat. My job has called and wants me to go back to work. I am scared because I don't know if he is considered " high risk". Does anyone know the answer to this? Thank you so much!
AlyAHA, May 7, 2020 6:21pm EST
May I ask what you do for work? And has your employer been flexible with you working from home/not working for the time being? Ultimately the decision is up to you and your family-what makes sense in all aspects. I highly recommend you check out all of our COVID resources: https://www.heart.org/en/coronavirus This is one of my favorite articles which goes into detail about what potential risks your son may have: https://www.heart.org/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/coronavirus-precautions-for-patients-and-others-facing-higher-risks
Make the decision that makes sense for your whole family!
DaphneD, May 9, 2020 11:08am EST
Thank you for sharing! I work at an optical lab. We have just been called back to work but I have decided to take a personal leave. I am in MN and our cases in my county are skyrocketing right now. I was wondering if my son was considered high risk for unemployment reasons. My personal leave will not be paid.
AHAASAKatie, May 13, 2020 8:47am EST
Good morning DaphneD, I wanted to check in to see how things are going? Were you able to find out information for your son? It's possible that United Way 2-1-1 might be able to assist? Thanks Katie
DaphneD, May 13, 2020 9:17pm EST
Thanks for reaching out. I have not yet tried to claim unemployment for this week. This was supposed to be my first week back to work. I don't know if having a congenital heart defect falls under the guidelines to qualify. What does the United Way help with? I have heard of them but not sure what they do. Thanks again!
AlyAHA, May 19, 2020 6:54pm EST
Daphne, I applaud you for standing up for your family and taking a leave of absense, even if that means lost wages.
United Way can help you navigate the unemployment claims process. I also found this website specifically for Minnesota Unemployment: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp
According to the CDC, here is the list of "high-risk": https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html