CORONAVIRUS or COVID 19
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NEW * An open letter to the Parents and Guardians of OUSD by Superintendent Emily Miller (March 25, 2020)
NEW* Letter about COVID 19 School Closure and important Updates regarding Food Distribution Services and Online Student Resources (March 25, 2020)
Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order.
The Oconto Unified School District cares for health and well-being of our students, staff, families and communities. We work diligently round the year to promote healthy school practices, and safety is our top priority. The school will continue to monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very closely, and we are committed to providing regular updates to the community. We are taking guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health and following the guidelines of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our staff is taking extra measures to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, faucets, etc. Staff members are reminded to promote universal precautions among students, including stress on hand-hygiene. We will update this page regularly, as more information becomes available.
RESOURCES: Wisconsin Department of Health Guidelines
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019.
Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
- The COVID-19 virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- The COVID-19 virus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 Novel Coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."
Causes and Transmission
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in both humans and animals. There are currently seven strains of human coronaviruses that have been identified. Four of these strains are common and found in Wisconsin and elsewhere around the world. These common human coronaviruses typically cause a mild to moderate respiratory illness. Sometimes, new coronaviruses emerge.
In 2019, a new strain of human coronavirus emerged, COVID-19. Illnesses associated with this virus were first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The main way COVID-19 is spread to others is when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to how influenza is spread. The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face, or eyes the virus can make them sick.
There is much more to learn about the spread, severity, and other features of this virus.
Signs and Symptoms
People who have confirmed COVID-19 infections have a range of symptoms, from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have been to an affected geographic area within the past two weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor.
Prevention and Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, and there is currently no specific treatment. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Take these steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.