Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Although coronavirus is a very common virus and in its simplest form can cause the common cold, other strains of this virus (MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV) have been known to cause severe respiratory symptoms and pneumonia in some people.
The CDC has published more information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and the Washington State Department of Public Health provides the following information about Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020.
See the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page for more resources and school communication about the outbreak.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure and typically include:
- Shortness of breath
Person-to-person spread is thought to occur through:
- Respiratory droplets produced by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
CONTROLLING THE SPREAD
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands. Or cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or sleeve, not with your hand!
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Practice social distancing by staying 6-feet away from others.
Additionally, if you or a family member feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Refrain from travel while sick.
- Notify Hilltop admin.
- Follow the above listed prevention recommendations.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Please follow these guidelines following diagnosis or close contact with COVID-19:
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should quarantine for 7 days.
- If you have close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days.
- Patients may return to school or work after they have been symptom-free for 72 hours.