COVID-19 Update : Thur., Feb. 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.