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Community Update: March 9 Coronavirus Update
March 9, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Today, we confirmed the first case with a connection to two of our schools. A relative of students at Washington Elementary School and Mira Vista K-8 School has tested positive for COVID-19. The families and staff at both schools have been notified and county health officials are aware of the situation. The students will remain home until further notice, per the latest health guidelines received. At this time, county health officials have not directed either school or district to take any additional steps.
To date, no students or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Today, acting County Health Officer Ori Tzvieli issued a letter explaining how and when schools will be informed of an elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19.
As a school district, we are taking guidance from Contra Costa County Health Services, California Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the District is taking steps to respond to the concerns about an outbreak. Those steps include:
- Excluding students, teachers, or staff who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan.
- Excluding those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 14 days from the day of their last exposure.
- Send students, teachers, and staff who present with fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms home immediately.
- Encourage flu vaccine for those persons over 6 months of age who have not had it this season.
- Encourage all students, families, and staff to take everyday preventive actions.
- Enhance cleaning consistent with CDC guidance.
- Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self- screen (i.e., check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
- Limit visitors to the school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan.
- Ensuring resources are available for increased hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.
- Reviewing class trips and school travel to specific locations.
- Continuing our collaboration with county health officials.
We want to remind you that while the District’s actions are valuable, individual behaviors are essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness. We encourage our students, staff and families to follow the CDC’s precautionary measures (https://bit.ly/2VZtYZO).
The District has made additional resources available online at www.wccusd.net/coronavirus.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor this situation.