Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The illness is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported in a growing number of countries internationally. In the United States, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Jan. 21, 2020, in a traveler who had recently returned from Wuhan.

No cases have been confirmed in Virginia at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not yet released guidance specifically for K-12 school settings. Staff, students, and parents seeking general information may visit the VDH and CDC websites for the most current information.

PWCS staff are closely monitoring the situation. A collaborative working group is developing specific plans in the event any changes to school operations are required. Additional guidance will be provided as developed and as necessary.

All PWCS families are encouraged to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include but are not limited to:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

If you would like further information, please contact your healthcare provider or refer to the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

View initial information regarding the coronavirus posted to pwcs.edu

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