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IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION - COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

 
February 27, 2020
 
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in China and subsequent positive cases in the United States, Collier County Public Schools would like to provide some important health information. As is our practice in all health-related cases, we are working closely together and receiving additional guidance from the Collier County Department of Health (CDH), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
It is also important to understand that, we currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Collier County or in Florida. This is a rapidly changing situation, and one that we are monitoring closely.
 
According to the CDC, most people get infected with viruses similar to COVID-19 at some point in their lives. The 2019 novel strain at the center of the current issue is a new one and has a more severe impact in terms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The CDC is still studying how the virus spreads, though currently it is reported to be spread much like the flu.
 
Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our schools. A virus may live on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs. As a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean classrooms and common areas.
 
The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu. To keep your family safe:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (hand washing tips)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow, not your hands
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact, kissing, hugging, and sharing cups, food, or eating utensils with others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and handrails
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have asthma, follow your asthma care plan, and call your doctor if you are sick (asthma resources)
  • Get a flu vaccine (flu facts)
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but there is a vaccine for seasonal influenza (flu) which is recommended for all persons over the age of 6 months.
 
We will be continuing our partnerships with public health experts and updating you when new relevant information is available. You may find additional information at:

Thank you.

Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools