COVID-19 Preparedness


 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

 Message from Dr. Anderson

 

Parents that have concerns please contact

 

 Minnesota Department of Health Hotline: 651-201-3920

 

 

 

Schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. The majority of respiratory illnesses are not COVID-19. If a community (or more specifically, a school) has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up on next steps. (CDC, 2020)

 

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

 

 

 

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

 

  • fever,
  • cough, and
  • shortness of breath.
  • Other early symptoms have included headache, chills, body aches, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. 
  • Severe complications have included pneumonia in both lungs.

 

There is currently no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19 nor is there a vaccine to prevent it.

 

Educational Video shared with staff and high school student body:

 

Osmosis: VOCID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19)- causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology   https://youtu.be/eup3_i_5uaw

 

Educational Video shared with Elementary students (1-6th grade):

 

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Mapping https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

 

 

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

 

 

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Travel Website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/travel.html

 

 

Keeping Safe at school, work, and home

 

 

If you are confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, Corona Virus infection you should follow the prevention steps below until a healthcare provider or local or state health department says you can return to your normal activities.

 

  • Stay home
    You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home
    As much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
    Before your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell him or her that you have, or are being evaluated for, MERS-CoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.
  • Wear a facemask
    You should wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash your hands
    Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if your hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing household items
    You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Monitor your symptoms
    Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before going to your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell him or her that you have, or are being evaluated for, coronavirus infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department.

 

 

 

Kristen Ehresmann (MDH):  Power Point Presentation
TAPS Nurse – Shannon Wolske
MPH hotline number.  The number is: 651-201-3920 or health.schools.covid19@state.mn.us