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    Del Norte Unified School District COVID-19 Updates:

    Update 6 Published Monday, March 9, 2020

    Update from the Del Norte County Public Health Department regarding the COVID-19 virus.

    "The results of the suspected case of COVID-19 that the Del Norte County Public Health and Human Services announced last week have come back and are negative.

    There was no evidence of coronavirus according to a press release Sunday from the health department.

    The patient, the clinician involved and patient contacts have been informed, and as we have learned that the story is already in our community, we wish to confirm the results today. We will be releasing an additional public service announcement tomorrow about coronavirus," said Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, Del Norte County Public Health Officer for DHHS Public Health Branch."

    Click here to visit the PSA on the Public Health Webpage

     

    Update 5 Published Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Update from the Del Norte County Public Health Department regarding the COVID-19 virus.

    There is a person who is currently being tested for COVID-19 in Del Norte County. This case has not been confirmed and is only a presumption at this time. We have been informed that this individual is not an employee, parent, or student in the School District.

    The schools will still run as normal, and our public events will remain active. DNUSD is in regular contact with the Department of Health and Human Services Del Norte County and will continue to follow their recommendations regarding this incident. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

    Click here to see the PSA by the Del Norte County Public Health Department: https://docs.google.com/a/co.del-norte.ca.us/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Y28uZGVsLW5vcnRlLmNhLnVzfGRuY298Z3g6NWY1NDNjYWQ1NTJlOTJlYg

     

    Update 4 Published Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Dear Del Norte Unified Parents/Guardians,

    As we have since January 24, we want to continue to provide you with the latest information about the coronavirus. As of today, the risk for contracting the coronavirus remains low, and there are no cases in Del Norte County. Unlike in other countries, there is no community transmission in the United States. Yesterday afternoon, President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a press conference to address concerns and provide an update. The President said the risk is “very low” but added that schools and communities should be prepared “just in case.” You can watch the entire press conference here

    The CDC remarked that its early containment strategies have been successful, and as a result, there has only been one new case in the United States in the past two weeks and still no community spread. The CDC did advise that it does expect more cases in the United States and that communities should be prepared. Del Norte Unified staff members have continued to be in contact with doctors and officials from the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services and other local leaders. In addition to regular contact with the Department of Health and Human Services and other county and state agencies, Del Norte Unified staff are in close contact with other Districts across California in order to effectively monitor the spread of this virus. We are very pleased with the communications, support, and guidance we have received from Del Norte Health and Human Services and our other local and state agencies, and are confident this will continue.

    As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:

    • 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

    We are still updating our dedicated Coronavirus webpage with new resources, press briefings, and news articles, along with all of our previous communications. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Our staff already have begun taking precautions by implementing safe practices across DNUSD schools in order to maintain sanitary facilities for our staff and students.

    Thank you

     

    Update 3 Published Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Recently, DNHS has received calls regarding the potential for DNHS students returning from Japan carrying the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The District has been in contact with the Del Norte Department of Public Health, which was fully aware of the travel, and the Department confirmed that the risk for COVID-19 is low in Del Norte and that no cases have been confirmed. Public Health does encourage: 

    • Avoiding contact with sick people
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; 
    • Cleaning your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty; and 
    • Most importantly, cleaning hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. 

    For the purpose of clarification regarding the DNHS trip to Japan, the outbreak of COVID-19 was primarily of concern on mainland China at the time students and staff left Crescent City for Japan. Parents and administrators did have meetings prior to departure to discuss the trip, including recommendations, form the State Department of Health and CDC for international travel. Families also met with a nurse to discuss universal precautions, how to clean surfaces, how to wash hands, and how to properly wear masks. According to Mr. Fugate, the students were diligent in this effort during the entire trip. 

    After the DNHS group departed, however, news concerning the virus continued to develop. On or about February 19, after students departed, the Center for Disease Control identified Japan as a Watch- Level 1, which remained in effect through the time of return of DNHS students and did not recommend canceling or postponing travel. They did recommend that travelers take basic precautions, such as washing hands and not being in close contact with sick people. On Saturday, February 22, after the return of students, the CDC changed the designation to Alert- Level 2, adding to previous recommendations that older adults and those with chronic health issues should consider postponing travel. 

    At no time did the Department of State, CDC, or the State of California recommend or enforce quarantine for those traveling from Japan. 

    For more information, you may: 

    • Check the CDC travel website for travel alerts and specific guidance 
    • Learn more about coronavirus in  Japan 
    • Learn more about coronavirus in California 
    • Find more local information from the Health Department about COVID-19 
    • Follow Del Norte County Public Health on Facebook 

     

    Update 2 Published Friday, February 21, 2020

    Del Norte Public Health and Del Norte Office of Emergency Services (OES) are aware of the news from Humboldt County yesterday, of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and one other suspect case identified in Humboldt County. As has been done elsewhere for other cases in California, the news report confirms that monitoring and isolation procedures are in place for these persons. We would like to reassure Del Norte residents that we DO NOT have any cases here, and the risk remains low for the general public of either county. It is encouraging news that the persons involved have not been affected to the point of requiring hospitalization.


    The COVID-19 virus (the Wuhan coronavirus) has been alarming to all, in part because of the intense media coverage of this event. The virus, however, is considered to be a mild infection over 80% of the time, and the persons who are becoming severely ill are usually those who are most likely to get pneumonia, such as the elderly and chronically ill-even among those persons, people are likely to recover completely. The overall risk of dying from this infection is very low, currently estimated at 2-3%. Many experts in the field believe that the true risk is actually much lower.


    The best measures for protection for when or if the COVID-19 virus reaches the general population is the same for FLU-cover sneezes and coughs, wash hands, wash surfaces in your homes such as doorknobs and faucet handles, and stay home when you are sick-all common-sense measures that work to prevent or delay transfer of germs of all kinds. We all should be doing these things all the time during flu season if you are not, now is a good time to start. Flu season is not over and Type The flu is on the rise in many parts of the country. If you have not been vaccinated for the flu, DO SO NOW! It's not too late. We don’t know if flu vaccination can help people cope with COVID-19, but it certainly can't hurt, and it always helps the health of our community to have as many people vaccinated for flu as is possible.


    Dr. Warren Rehwaldt

    Del Norte County Public Health Officer

    Dept. of Health and Human Services

    Public Health Branch

    707-464-0861

     

    Update 1 Published Friday, January 24, 2020

    DATE: January 24, 2020
    SUBJECT: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
    It has come to the attention of the Del Norte Public Health Department that there is a
    current Facebook posting of "positive coronavirus at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent
    City" which seems to be creating some alarm.
    Coronaviruses come in all shapes and types, so to speak, and swab testing of the throat
    or the nose that is done in an office and in the ER can include testing for coronaviruses,
    as they are often the source for respiratory infection. These tests, however, are NOT
    testing for the novel (new) coronavirus infection that is in China, and has been in the
    news over the last week. The only place that is testing for the new virus in the United
    States is at the Centers for Disease Control.
    There have been no patients at Sutter Coast that have or are being evaluated for the
    novel (new) coronavirus. There may be many patients in the community who have been
    tested for other kinds of coronavirus this flu season, and some may have tested
    positive, but that is to be expected during the heart of the cold and flu season.
    Please keep in mind that a positive test on a routine swab for coronavirus is only testing
    for known coronaviruses, NOT the novel (new) coronavirus in China. Only two cases of
    the new virus have been reported in the entire country in the last week. Our community
    is unlikely to see cases of the new virus anytime soon, and we are extremely unlikely to
    be the first place in California to have the new virus appear.

    Dr. Warren Rehwaldt
    Del Norte County Public Health Officer
    Dept. of Health and Human Services
    Public Health Branch
    707-464-0861

     

     

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