On Monday afternoon, March 9, Governor DeWine announced that three cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Ohio. All three of these cases are individuals in their 50s from Cuyahoga County, which is located in and around Cleveland, Ohio. At this time, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is working to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with these three individuals. Governor DeWine also issued a state of emergency and stated “people shouldn’t read too much into that. An emergency lets the state sign contracts without bidding.”
Here’s what Edgewood City School District is planning to do:
Edgewood City Schools will continue on our normal schedule and bus transportation will continue to be provided to all our current routes. We will continue to stay in contact with the Butler County General Health District should more information become available.
If circumstances dictate, we will institute our next level of cleaning protocols, which include shifting staff assignments to increase the number of people available for cleaning, increasing the frequency of cleaning of all common area surfaces, and instituting additional disinfection of buses.
We will also continue to provide updates to you as information updates are provided by our local, state, and federal health department partners.
What can you do?
We encourage everyone to do their part in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold, which includes:
Handwashing is extremely important in the prevention of illness. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if you are unable to use soap and water, hand sanitizers that include 60%-95% alcohol are recommended. Here is a great video to watch with your young children about hand washing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how germs get into the body.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your elbow.
If you, or your child, are sick, stay home. If you/child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, remain home until you/child are fever-free for a full 24-hours before returning to school or work.
Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often.
Call Center Now Open to Help with Questions on COVID-19:
The Ohio Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
The Call Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Call Center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.