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MARCH 28: Health Information & Safety Practices Reminder
Please take a few minutes to review his letter and know that Berkeley County Schools is in constant contact with Dr. Reidy and his staff as we navigate this school closure and the impact of Covid-19.
Be well, stay safe.
Dr. Patrick K. Murphy,
Superintendent of Schools
Berkeley/Morgan County Board of Health
122 Waverly Ct
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403-1214
March 28, 2020
Dear Caregivers and Staff,
Currently, Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) has infected many people in our community. The number of proven cases shown in news reports greatly under-estimates how many people are infected. Some people who become infected will have mild symptoms, but some people will become seriously ill and some people will die.
To prevent wider spread of this virus in the community Governor Justice has issued a “Stay At Home” order and we strongly that you, your child and everyone stay home.
With this exceptional infection “physical distancing” recommendation might be necessary for a few more weeks.
You should stay away from others even if you have no symptoms of illness and do not know of being around anyone with illness. This virus spreads from one person to another by close contact with an infected person or an object they recently contacted. If you stay away from others you have less chance of getting the virus and then less chance of infecting another person.
Definitely stay at home for treatment and observation for any of these symptoms:
· Fever-greater than 100°F. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
· Cough, Frequent congested (wet) or croup cough
· Shortness of breath
· malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
If you develop emergency warning signsfor COVID-19 seekmedical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
· Trouble breathing
· Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
· New confusion or inability to arouse
· Bluish lips or face
Steps taken if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 involving a student, employee, or volunteer of Berkeley County Schools:
· A Covid-19 Respiratory Outbreak risk assessment questionnaire will be completed by Berkeley County Schools Pupil Services Department.
· The information is shared with the Berkeley County Health Department and the responsible parties, such as affected school communities and administrative offices.
· Individual case-by-case guidance is given intended to address recommended infection prevention and control practices.
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, practice good hygiene habits*:
· Wash your handsoften with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
· If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
· Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouthwith unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contactwith people who are sick
· Put distance between yourself and otherpeople
· Stay homeif you are sick.
· Cover your mouth and nosewith a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
· Throw used tissuesin the trash.
· Immediately wash your handswith soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
· If you are sick:You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
· If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
· Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfacesdaily.
· If surfaces are dirty, clean them:Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
· The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
· The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
o Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
o 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.
Thank you in advance for helping our community be as healthy as possible.
Terrence Reidy, MD. MPH
Berkeley-Morgan County Board of Health
This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 28, 2020 at 5pm.
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