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Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 3/11/20

The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, students and school community is our priority.  We want to keep you informed of news regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Information around this outbreak is rapidly changing, and we will continue to be in close communication with the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) and will continue to follow CCPHD's guidance and recommendations regarding COVID-19.  

It is important for everyone to know that, at this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Calhoun County. On Tuesday, 3/10/2020 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Division and Wayne County Health Department announced that two Michigan residents tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the state.

The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to continue the careful monitoring of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Calhoun County and throughout the United States.

The best way to protect yourself and your family, and to stop the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold, and COVID-19 include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands after disposing of the tissue.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

People should be diligent about preventing flu since there have been thousands of influenza-like illnesses reported throughout the county. Individuals within the United States are still at a higher risk of getting the flu than COVID-19. If you have not received your flu shot, it is highly encouraged you do so now. The flu vaccine won’t impact whether you get coronavirus, but it will avoid the possibility of being infected with both coronavirus and the flu simultaneously.

Open a discussion with friends and fellow congregation members, business associates, and team members about foregoing handshakes as a greeting. Consider alternative greetings to handshakes such as a polite wave, “elbow bump,” or even a “foot shake.” Right now, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public in the United States.

 

Below are vetted sources for COVID-19 information:

Michigan Department of Health and Human

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 





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