Schools asked to take precautions for disease outbreak
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Although Oregon has not had a confirmed case of the new coronavirus, schools are being advised to take precautions and prepare responses.
The Oregon Department of Education has offered resources and recommendations for dealing with the respiratory disease known as COVID-19 in a memo emailed Thursday by Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill to superintendents and principals. The Oregon Health Authority offers up-to-date information.
Symptoms are similar to the common cold, and health officials are still learning about COVID-19’s transmission and effects. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a “public health emergency.”
Schools should remind students and employees to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, wash hands frequently, and stay home if they feel sick.