COVID-19 Message for Families from Kelly Shea

COVID-19 Message to Families from Kelly Shea
Posted on 03/02/2020

Dear EVSD Families,

As you know, many regions around the world are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. This virus can spread from person-to-person and the number of cases detected in the United States and many other countries is growing.

Currently, the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is considered to be low. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in Washington at this time.  However, it is predicted that in time the virus will begin to spread across the United States and that we should begin preparations.

Right now, we are reviewing and revising our Pandemic Emergency Plan.  In the meantime, it is important to remember that it’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are what is recommended to help stop the spread of the coronavirus:

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·         Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care

·         If you experience respiratory illness, visit a medical provider.

·         Cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

·         Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.

It is important that we keep ourselves grounded in the facts.  The best source of information right now is the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Novel Coronavirus webpage. There, you can find a novel coronavirus fact sheet available in 11 languages.   In addition, you can find more information at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.  Please remember the coronavirus in not at all connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality.  Sharing of accurate information during this time of heightened anxiety is critical in keeping rumors and misinformation from spreading. 

This is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation that may have significant implications for our community.  If the State and/or Regional Health District determine the need to engage in “social distancing” measures such as cancelling public gatherings; closing businesses, schools, or childcare programs; etc.; then our district will comply with their decision.  If schools are to close, then all classes and activities will be cancelled until further notice.

I know this is a scary time, but I encourage everyone to stay calm, practice proper hygiene etiquette, and perform routine environmental cleaning.  As things emerge, I will stay in contact with you and keep you informed.  Hopefully, our preparations for the worst will be for not and we will all get through this with no harm to anyone.

 

Sincerely,

Kelly Shea

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