We understand that many of you are feeling concerned about the coronavirus and have reached out to us with questions. (Coronavirus is a new type of virus that was found in Wuhan, China. This virus comes from a large family of coronaviruses common throughout the world. They can infect people and cause mild respiratory diseases, like the common cold, and rarely, more serious disease.)
We want you to know that we are working closely with Public Health Madison and Dane County and we are in constant contact with MMSD’s Medical Consultant, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist who gives us guidance around the coronavirus and other illnesses.
We are learning new information about the virus each day. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Dane County or Wisconsin. As of right now, unless you or your family has traveled within China in the past two weeks, or you have been in contact with someone who has, you are not at risk of developing the virus. If you have concerns about the coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider.
For more information and updates go to the Public Health Madison and Dane County Website or the CDC website. Also, remember Influenza (flu) is more of a threat then coronavirus at this time. If you have not had the influence vaccine, you can still get it. And, don’t forget to wash your hands and cover your cough.
As usual, any student with a persistent cough and fever will need to stay home from school, per our Illness Guidelines. We will continue to share updates as we receive them.