Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

A MESSAGE TO OUR SCHOOL FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

We recognize that there is an increasing concern among our families and the community regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

We have been closely following and monitoring the information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the Todd County Health Department, with additional guidance and recommendations from the Kentucky Department of Education.

 

Prevention to keep students and staff healthy and safe remains our priority. Our intention is to provide factual information about COVID-19 and tips on reducing the spread of disease, as well as prevent the spread of misinformation.

 

Our schools are prepared to deal with outbreaks of illness, such as the flu, and have done so for many years. COVID-19 is a new strain, but the same responses and procedures used during outbreaks of flu are the same responses and procedures outlined by health officials as the best way to prevent the spread of this illness.

Prevention

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following

  • stay home while you are sick
  • avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

 

For the most current recommendations from the CDC visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

 

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath

 

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html.

Community Guidance

Current recommendations for social distancing in Kentucky include:

  1. If you are 60 years old or older and/or have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure or other chronic major medical conditions, we recommend you avoid densely populated community events and consult this CDC guidance.
  2. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are advised to restrict visitors and consult this DPH guidance
  3. Working people, students, employers and schools are advised to plan actively for telework/distance learning options appropriate for their situations and support all workers/students to stay at home if they are ill.
  4. Only go to the emergency department for an illness that would have taken you to the hospital before the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have runny nose, cough, fever or other common respiratory infection symptoms, take Tylenol- or Motrin-like products and stay home from work or school until you are fever-free. If you think you need medical care, please contact your healthcare provider for their instruction or visit an emergency department if you believe you have an emergency.

STAY UP TO DATE

 

COVID-19 in Kentucky is being maintained on the DPH’s website.

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage includes guidance on the virus and resources for K-12 schools.

 

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ COVID-19 webpage includes information from the CDC and will be updated as information becomes available.

 

The COVID-19 state hotline: 

1.800.722.5725

RESOURCES

 

National, state, and local health officials all recommend universal precautions such as proper hand washing and hygiene as the best way to prevent the spread of any disease. See the CDC's 

recommendations on proper handwashing (video included).

 

About COVID-19

 

Know the Facts

 

Share the Facts

 

Public Precautions

 

Stop the spread of germs

 

Home Quarantine Guidance

 

Social Distancing for COVID-19

 

How it spreads

 

Symptoms

 

Prevention and Treatment

 

Stigma and COVID-19

 

What to do if you are sick

 

Frequently asked questions