The 2019 Novel Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that has been spreading worldwide. Community-acquired cases have now been confirmed in California. Health officials are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation is changing daily.
The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools and local school districts are working with Tuolumne County Public Health and other partner agencies to monitor the developing situation closely. Schools are further preparing by implementing plans and following practices already in place to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.
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On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its guidance for K-12 schools, which continued the universal mask requirement first instituted in January 2021. Schools throughout the state have implemented the requirement, which was subsequently adopted and endorsed by leading health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The scientific consensus is unequivocal. Unfortunately, some elected officials and school leaders have expressed their intent to violate the law—and risk their students’ safety—by failing to enforce the universal mask requirement for indoor school settings.
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The virus causes respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, fatigue, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people may have flu, pneumonia, or more serious illness. More information can be found on the CDC’s website.
How COVID-19 Spreads
Given concerns some may have about the spread of COVID-19 after an alert was posted at a gymnasium in South San Francisco and a private school closed after a staff member was in contact with a person who had the disease, we thought it was important to remind people how COVID-19 spreads. This information is from the CDC and is available in Spanish and Chinese on the CDC’s site.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from Contact with Infected Surfaces or Objects
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
All schools in Tuolumne County continue to be vigilant in cleaning common areas such as bathrooms, water faucets, classrooms, playground equipment, and cafeteria to minimize the spread of germs. Staff and students can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions from the California Department of Public Health are helpful in preventing the spread of common illnesses including influenza and gastroenteritis.
- Stay home when sick. Remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
- Use “respiratory etiquette.” Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of the webpage. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
- Wash hands frequently. Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.
- Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses).
The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides much better protection from infectious diseases.