CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
MARCH 6, 2020
After a state-wide conference call with the Minnesota departments of Health and Education we are updating you on the Coronavirus situation. The Department of Health again emphasized the following:
- The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has not created an outbreak in Minnesota yet, but likely will.
- There is no plan at this point that schools in Minnesota will be closed. If things get to that point, the decision to close a school will be made by the State or the individual school based on relevant criteria that would warrant.
- There are current Level 3 travel restrictions in countries with COVID-19 outbreaks. If you have traveled through China, South Korea or Italy, have been in contact with an ill person with the virus, you should stay home for 14 days. If you experience lower respiratory symptoms which include a sudden high fever and cough, call your physician and inform us immediately. We will assist you with your best options at that time.
- Very important to continue washing hands frequently with soap and water and to do so for at least 20 seconds, including under your nails. It would be wise to show our youngsters how to do this well too. You might want to buy an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, not less than 60% alcohol, as well. Use such a cleaner on hands but also use a sanitizer wipes on door knobs and other areas that many people touch through the day.
- The COVID-19 virus can last from a few minutes to a few hours on hard dry surfaces outside the body, like door knobs and handrails and chairs, etc.
- It has been determined that face masks do not help much for the well person. But the mask is mostly used to “contain”, in a sick person. This particular virus does not stay in the air for any length of time like other severe viruses have.
- If you must cough, do so in your sleeve. The same with sneezes, or better yet, use a tissue, and dispose.
We will be updating you as new information arrives, at least every week at this time.