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Coronavirus Update

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Dear WCCUSD Families,

We have been following the news of a new virus, coronavirus, that has made thousands of people in China and around the world sick, including a few cases here in the United States.

We understand the concern felt by some in the community and want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely in order to keep our schools safe. District staff has been in contact with the Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) and Contra Costa County Office of Education about the coronavirus and are following their advice, which is in line with federal guidelines. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update this week advising people who have returned to the United States from mainland China after Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time to stay at home for 14 days and to monitor their health for flu-like symptoms. Those who returned from China before Sunday afternoon are considered lower risk and do not need to be excluded, the CDC reported.

It’s important to know that there have not been any reported cases of the coronavirus in Contra Costa County and, according to county health officials, the risk from becoming sick from the coronavirus remains very low.

While the coronavirus has been a major concern, health officials remind us that the best way to prevent getting or spreading any respiratory illness is to follow proper respiratory etiquette. County health officials recommend schools take the following steps:

  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
    Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover with an elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and limit close contact with people who are sick

Local information about the virus and cold and flu season is available at cchealth.org/coronavirus/.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus, please contact your healthcare professional.