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1.   What is a Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying illnesses, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn't been identified before in humans.

2.   Who gets Novel Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are normally found in animals but can be spread to humans. Some coronaviruses are also spread from person to person. Recently, thousands of cases of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus in Wuhan City have been identified.

3.  How is Novel Coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses most commonly are spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.
  • People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return

4.   What are the symptoms of Novel Coronavirus?

      Symptoms include:

  • Fever, cough and difficulty breathing
  • Temperature >100Severe illness complications and outcomes of this virus are still being investigated

5.   How is Novel Coronavirus treated?

There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the Novel Coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment will be based on the patient's condition. There is no vaccine for Novel Coronavirus

6. What is Santee School District doing to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus?

Santee School District is following the Novel Coronavirus closely and is receiving frequent updates and guidance from local, state health agencies as well as the CDC. We have implemented prevention strategies provided by government health agencies as a first line defense.

  • Frequent hand washing, lasting for 20 seconds is encouraged, hand sanitizers are available in the main office and other areas around campus
  • High traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned at routine intervals with cleaning solutions designated to kill the human Novel Coronavirus
  • Cough and sneezing hygiene are encouraged and reinforced
  • Students and staff are discouraged from touching their faces, nose mouth areas.
  • Students and staff that are showing signs and symptoms of respiratory illness, coughing, sneezing, have a temperature >100, shortness of breath and recent travel to areas designated by the CDC as high risk are asked to remain home and seek medical attention.

* Schools are not able to diagnose Novel Coronavirus. Only your physician or health agency can make that determination.

*Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms

7.  What if there is a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in the community?

If there is a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in the community, the Public Health agencies will alert us on the diagnosis and dictate the next steps for the District to implement. Currently, the Santee School District receives daily updates and more frequent communications as necessary. Please check back to this website page for updates.

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9.   Still have questions?

Contact Holly Chisholm, District Nurse, at 619-258-2231 or