Redmond Schools sends out letter reassuring parents worried about coronavirus

The Redmond School District has sent a letter to parents Monday addressing concerns about coronavirus, ensuring families there have been no cases in Oregon and urging them to be vigilant in preventing other more common infections.

The full letter is below:

Many of you may have either seen in the news or heard through social media, friends and family about  the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and this news can lead to concern for some. This is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and was first identified in Wuhan, China.

At this time, the CDC has NOT seen novel coronavirus spreading in communities in the United States and there are NO cases in Oregon. Based on that information, the CDC and our local and state public health departments consider the risk to most Oregonians is low. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have recently traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with 2019-nCoV. Health Officials are closely monitoring the situation and our local health departments are working closely with Oregon Health Authority, CDC, and local health care facilities to continue to prepare for this and any health related threat to our communities.

For more information about 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The best way to prevent respiratory infections (including flu and coronavirus) from spreading is to take everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, 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 wip
  • Get your annual flu vaccine (to protect against flu)

The US has reported 15 cases of the illness.

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Monday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials.

The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of infection with the coronavirus that originated there, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month.

A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday, although a spike in recent cases was due to a broader definition in the hardest-hit region based on doctors’ diagnoses before laboratory tests were completed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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