Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus 2019

The Pershing County School District Board of Trustees and District Leadership share our community’s concerns about a possible outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus.  We are collaborating with the Health Officials from Pershing County, The State of Nevada, and Federal Government to determine the best course of action to protect our students and staff members and ensure the educational needs of our students are met.

 

We are relying on health experts to provide us with guidance going forward, and depending upon the direction we receive, we will adapt our approach as necessary.

 

We can assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to gather information, following guidelines set forth by health officials, and that we will convey this information to our families and our community through the media, online, and through direct communication with our families as the need arises.

 

In the meantime, we encourage our families to keep students home when they are sick, encourage children to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water, and cover their coughs and sneezes. Staff members should also stay at home if they are ill.

 

We know that each of our schools has individual and unique needs, and those needs will be considered as we make plans for the education of our students in the event of an outbreak.

 

The safety and security of our students and staff have always been our highest priority, and we are dedicated to doing everything possible to protect them.

 

Resources

For most current information visit the CDC Website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Coronavirus Fact Sheet - Spanish

What to do if you are sick with the Coronavirus

What to do if you are sick with the Cornoavirus - Spanish

Stop the Spread of Germs

Stop the Spread of Germs - Spanish

 

Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. The additional cases have been identified in other international locations, including the United States; however, at this time there have been zero reported cases in Northern Nevada. This disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been named Coronavirus 2019 or “COVID-19”.

 

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold. COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Although COVID-19 is a new strain, something our bodies have not experienced before, children seem to be able to fight the virus and there have been no pediatric deaths in any country.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and COVID-19

The CDC is the best resource for monitoring and tracking of this virus. The CDC is closely monitoring developments around COVID-19. To learn about the coronavirus, how they spread, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention visit the CDC website for more information.

 

What can I do to prevent the spread of illnesses?

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• Follow CDC and WHO recommendations for using a facemask:

• The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) do not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

• Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19.

• Disposable face mask can only be used once.

• If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask.

• There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.

 

“The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases.” (Communication and Spokesperson for WHO, March 3, 2020)

 

Reported cases of the COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

 

Are we at risk for COVID-19?

According to the CDC Risk Assessment, “At this time, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States.” (CDC, March 5, 2020, 12:00PM PST)

 

COVID-19 causes cough/cold symptoms, usually with a mild fever. Just as with any other virus, there is no treatment besides supportive care such as rest, plenty of fluids, medications for fever/cough relief as directed by a physician.

 

What can we all do?

The most important step we can take to slow down the spread of this virus is to follow our same protocol in relation to all contagious illnesses:

• Keep your child home when they are ill: cough, fever, fatigue, sore throat, stomach upset, or difficulty breathing.

 

Our staff and local government are constantly and closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and would advise the community if the CDC reported an increased risk in our area. We will keep you informed if the status changes from this current report.





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