The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is sharing new guidance sent to all K-12 schools and local health departments for dealing with potential cases of the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from an outbreak originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There are no confirmed cases of CoronaVirus in Connecticut, nor is there a current threat to our school community.
We are in regular contact with the CT DPH.
Information about the Coronaviruses:
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses common in both humans and animals. These viruses usually cause mild to moderate respiratory illnesses. The source of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is suspected to be animals sold at an open-air market, in Wuhan, China; the virus is possibly a previously unrecognized bat coronavirus. It appears to cause a more severe illness progressing to pneumonia.
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. No vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infection is available; care is supportive.
Symptoms of the novel coronavirus may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell.
While there is currently no vaccine for this novel coronavirus, everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
Connecticut is at the height of the respiratory virus season. Influenza activity in Connecticut is widespread.
The most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China is available on the CDC Website