The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China and its spread to other parts of the world has generated a great deal of news and questions over the last few weeks.
At Lincoln Public Schools, we want to assure families that we are taking all the essential precautions and we have protocols in place to respond to any outbreak of communicable diseases within our schools. We have been working closely with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department as they monitor the situation and we will follow their instructions.
General Information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Items to Have on Hand at Home
- Store a two week supply of water and non-perishable foods.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Soap and water and/or alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Prevent the Spread
We want to remind you about protections we can all take to prevent the spread of ALL respiratory infections:
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What to Do If You Have Symptoms
- Stay home and stay away from public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
- Monitor your symptoms carefully. If you symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
- Get rest and stay hydrated.
- If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
- For medical emergencies, call 9-1-1 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in our outside of the home, wear a facemask.
- Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
- Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.