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Coronavirus Facts & Information

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PSESD Updates

Many parts of the world, including the United States, are experiencing an expanding outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019.

COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.

Know the Facts about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

  • Help reduce stigma and discrimination: race, ethnicity or nationality are not connected with COVID-19.
  • Most people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are adults. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible.
  • For specific medical advice or questions please consult with your health care provider.
  • We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and will take our lead from state and national health authorities.
  • Stay calm. Be informed. Be prepared. Think of others.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

To minimize our personal and collective risk of exposure, the steps below are recommended by the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to help prevent contamination and spread of COVID-19.

They are the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of the flu and/or a common cold:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds). Especially after eating and after coming into contact with others. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others;
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.


Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN
School Nurse Corps Administrator
Safety Service Manager
Puget Sound ESD

Washington State Department of Health Call Center 
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