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New Hanover County Schools Responds to first Confirmed Case of Coronavirus in North Carolina


 
 
Today, March 3, 2020, New Hanover County Schools and all North Carolinians were informed of the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  in the state. In a press release issued by the Office of Governor Cooper, we have learned that the patient is in Wake County. It is important to remember that this an isolated case and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in North Carolina. New Hanover County Schools is taking all precautionary and safety measures to keep our students and staff healthy. 
 
The district is coordinating with New Hanover County Public Health Department and will be following the directions and precautions laid out by NHC Public Health Department. We encourage and recommend all our families to take the same precautions:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
 
In addition, the district will be reviewing absenteeism policies and procedures for students and faculty with all employees. NHCS encourages staff and students who are sick to avoid attending school and work, one must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning back to school. NHCS will continue to thoroughly sanitize classrooms and common areas. 
 
We encourage all our families to visit New Hanover County Government online here, they have developed a webpage to share up-to-date information and resources so residents can be aware of local efforts and how to prepare if action is needed locally. There will be a lot of information circulating online, through social media platforms, with the media, and by word of mouth, ensure that the information you obtain is reliable and from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).