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South Washington County Schools Focused on COVID-19 Prevention

South Washington County Schools Focused on COVID-19 Prevention
Posted on 03/09/2020
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The outbreak of the new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, has people concerned around the world, including staff and families at South Washington County Schools. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, and health officials are learning more about it every day. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. More common infections, like the cold and flu, also have similar symptoms.

Though we do not have any cases of COVID-19 in our school communities, South Washington County Schools continues to plan and prepare for the possibility. We are in close communication with the Minnesota Department of Health and will follow all guidelines of local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In general, South Washington County Schools will not make any adjustments to school schedules, events or activities without guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. If a case is suspected, public health officials will identify the student or staff member and will then provide direction on how the school district should respond. The Minnesota Department of Health will determine if any travelers returning from affected areas should avoid work, school or other public areas. Schools do not screen students or staff for COVID-19.

Right now, South Washington County Schools is focused on prevention by:

  • Sanitizing drinking fountains, bathrooms and health/nurse offices.

  • Disinfecting and cleaning frequently touched surfaces including countertops, computer workstations, doorknobs and communal spaces.

    • Cleaning products are rated for cold and flu.

  • Encouraging any students or staff who are feeling sick to stay home.

  • Monitoring the number of absences for students and staff.

At this time of year, there are other more common infectious diseases that are often reported to health officials, including the cold and flu. To help prevent the spread of any illness, please follow these standard rules:

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

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information about the coronavirus: