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Coronavirus COVID-19 facts
Many parts across the world, including the United States are experiencing an expanding outbreak of 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.

Current situation
DOH Coronavirus COVID-19 including situation update

CDC Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation summary

Recommendations on cloth face coverings

Another month at home; let's emerge healthier

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 primarily include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness.

How does the COVID-19 virus spread?

COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughs or sneezes. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. Viruses typically do not survive on surfaces for an extended time.

Personal Prevention

  • Stay at home when sick.  

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available).

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.  How to Properly Wash Your Hands

  • If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Homemade masks are recommended for wear by the general public.

  • Like the flu and other diseases, getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing stress may help you prevent getting COVID-19 and/or recovering faster.

  • Avoid crowded settings if you are higher risk (older than 65 years of age and/or have underlying health conditions (much like the flu).

  • Contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns. 

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures

Follow standard procedures for cleaning with third party certified “green” cleaners and disinfecting with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant with a claim for human coronaviruses. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, water coolers, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands‐on learning items, faucet handles, phones and toys.


Washington State Government - Covid-19
Washington State Coronavirus Response
Washington State's Risk Assessment Dashboard
Washington's 4 Phased Approach to Reopening
WA State Governor's COVID-19 Resources

University of Washington
University of Washington Health Metrics and Evaluation Covid-19 Projections

Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
DOH Child Care Resources and Recommendations

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020
Classroom Cleaning - Tips for Teachers
Handwashing to Prevent Illness at School
Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Workplace and Employer Recommendations
Stigma Reduction
WA DOH Schools Presentation COVID-19 - February 25, 2020 (PDF)
Washington State Local Health Departments and Districts

Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Reopening Washington Schools 2020 - District Planning Guide
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources
2-28-20 OSPI BULLETIN NO. 013-20 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT--Preparationfor Possible Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in Washington
Coronavirus COVID-19 Letter 2-26-20 from Superintendent Chris Reykdal
Infectious Disease Control Guide for School Staff (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Reopening Guidance for for Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools and Businesses
Schools (K-12) and Child Care Programs Guidance
2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China
Guidance for Travelers

Local Health Jurisdictions within NEWESD 101
Adams County Health Department
Lincoln County Health Department
Northeast Tri County Health District
Spokane Regional Health District:
-     Personal Preparedness: COVID-19 at Home, Work, Community
-     Coronavirus Guidance for Employers
-     Respiratory Illness Guide for Employers
-     Social Distancing for Schools for Pandemic Illness (COVID-19)
Whitman County Health Department

Washington State University (WSU)
Washington State University (WSU)-Corona virus

Additional School Nurse Corps Website Resources
Immunization and Communicable Disease RCWs and WACs-Resource Guide for School Nurses
Management of Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness-Resource Guide for School Nurses

World Health Organization

Video--Emerging respiratory viruses, COVID-19: Methods for detection, prevention, response and control


Washington State Department of Health Call Center
1-800-525-0127 press #

Local health jurisdiction for your county
(see list under Resources)

Julie Schultz
School Nurse Corps Director

Alma McNamee
School Nurse Corps Team Leader

Linda Smith
School Nurse Corps Administrative Assistant