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Public Health Update: Travel Guidance Concerning the Coronavirus

Update on February 4, 2020:

 

Since the information we shared earlier (January 31) regarding the coronavirus, Public Health of Seattle and King County has notified school districts of updated information related to travel from China.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days.

 

There is no recommendation for persons without symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China arriving BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. can continue to attend school and should take the following steps:

  • Watch for any changes in your health for 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

In related news on February 4, the Washington State Department of Health posted this press release regarding new federal measures being implemented for recent travelers from China: Washington State Stands Ready to Isolate and Quarantine Travelers from China, which families may have seen in local media reports that evening. 

 

While Public Health still considers the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the U.S. to be low, please be sure to follow the recommended precautions that help prevent the spread of cold, flu and coronavirus germs:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezing with tissue, then throw tissue in garbage, and immediately wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

As new information emerges, sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.  Please refer to these reliable resources and health authorities for more information:

Our school district is following guidance provided by Public Health, and will continue to provide updates as directed by health officials.