CORONAVIRUS 19 - GENERAL INFORMATION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by COVID – 19. This disease was first detected in Wuhan City in China. CDC is following this rapidly evolving heath situation. On January 31, 2020, the United States declared a public health emergency to help the healthcare community respond to COVID-19. Exposure to COVID -19 comes from travel to China or direct contact with someone who has COVID – 19. Everyone can do their part to respond to this emerging public health threat. Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) will continue to collaborate with state and local health departments as advised to update emergency operations plans in the event of a pandemic.
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, GMSD and Tennessee Health Department recommend getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.
Resource Link - CDC
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlResource Link - Shelby County Health Department
- http://www.shelbytnhealth.com/Germantown Municipal Schools will continue to follow its current General Child Health Guidelines related to illnesses in the school setting.