You may have questions about how the district is responding to concerns about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The district has been partnering with Washington Department of Health and Snohomish Health District to follow health protocols and share factual information with staff and families. School nurses are following health department guidelines, including those for working with students who have recently returned from China. There are currently no restrictions or quarantine periods recommended for students who have recently returned from other affected countries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the United States AFTER February 2, 2020, at 2 p.m. stay at home, away from others, and monitor their health for 14 days. This measure was put in place because of the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in China.
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more each day about its symptoms and how it is spread.
You can help reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, by taking these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands
- Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow rather than hands