FROM: Watersmeet Township School District
RE: CASE IDENTIFICATION
A confirmed case of coronavirus, (COVID-19) has been identified at Watersmeet Township School District. The school district is working closely with the WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA HEALTH DEPARTMENT (WUPHD) to identify exposures and prevent further cases. The school district has closed its doors to all students from October 21 – October 23. Teachers are contacting their students to continue the instructional process through remote learning during the time of closure. The school district is undergoing a “deep cleaning” process of entire school building and classrooms is taking place during the time of closure. The school district will re-open on Monday, October 28, for students unless additional cases are reported. This letter is informational only; no further action is required for your student at this time.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for at least 15 minutes). Illness begins 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain.
At this time close contacts with exposures have been notified separately and are following guidelines of WCHD.
There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:
1. Children and adults should stay home when ill.
2. Washing hands ofte with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds.
3. If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes work well against COVID-19 if they contain at least 60% alcohol. Throw wipes in the trash after use.
4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand).
If you have questions, please contact WUPHD at 906-482-7382, ext. 143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is identified as a close contact separate communication will be sent.
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