Monitoring the Global Coronavirus Outbreak

Monitoring the Global Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted on 03/08/2020

Monitoring the Global Coronavirus Outbreak Weld Re-3J is actively communicating with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While Colorado has confirmed cases, there are no confirmed cases within the Re-3J school district, and the vast majority of Americans have a low risk of exposure.


The District is taking this health threat very seriously, continuing to monitor schools for outbreaks, and regularly disinfecting schools during and after school hours. When there are respiratory or gastrointestinal outbreaks, district nurses and school leaders will use the existing illness outbreak processes to track illnesses, notify health department officials, disinfect schools, and notify staff and parents. During an outbreak, Weld Re-3J schools would follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. Our focus would be, as it always is, on how to ensure the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue if any of those situations were to arise. 

 

Remember that at this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. We encourage everyone in our school communities to wash their hands often with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

 

Please review these CDC guidelines for handwashing. We encourage families to keep kids home if they are sick and for staff to stay home if they are ill. Please notify your school if your child needs to stay home sick and, if possible, describe their symptoms. If they have a positive influenza diagnosis, please share that information.


What you need to know

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.


How is it spread?

  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Because Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is new,
  • we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Severe Illness

What can I do?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Help young children to wash their hands well
  • Do not drop off your sick child at school
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 

The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDPHE are providing updated information.


Additional Resources: 

School Messenger Communication - February 27

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19 Weld Re-3J Preparedness Plan