Coronavirus Update – 1/29/2020

Dear GGUSD Community

You may have heard news reports about a novel Coronavirus (respiratory illness) outbreak, which originated in China and includes one confirmed case in Orange County and one confirmed case in Los Angeles County. 

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus in Orange County, and the risk for public infection is minimal.  

According to the OCHCA, the Coronavirus is spread, similarly to other illnesses like the flu and common cold, through coughing or sneezing by those who already have it.  Symptoms can include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. 

We continue to advise our families, as we always do, to keep your child home from school if he/she may be sick.  

Prevention of Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the OCHCA recommends taking daily precautions to prevent the spread of illness including:  

  • Avoid close contact to others who are sick. 
  • Stay home from work and school when you are sick

“Students and staff with influenza symptoms including a fever, a cough or sore throat should stay home and not attend classes or participate in other group activities for at least 24 hours after the fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications,” says Pamela Kahn, Orange County Department of Education’s coordinator of Health and Wellness.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often

If you have recently been to Wuhan, China and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have novel coronavirus stay home and call your health care provider immediately. If you do not have a healthcare provider or if you need to be seen at a hospital, do not go directly to the hospital. Please call the emergency room to get instructions before going in.

GGUSD Guidelines

If your child is sick, please follow these guidelines for when to keep your child home:

  • A temperature of 100 degrees or above
  • Students must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol or Motrin) for at least 24 hours before returning to school
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Student may return to school 24 hours after last episode
  • Uncontrollable cough or wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Suspected communicable disease (i.e. chicken pox)
  • Suspected infections
  • A rash of unknown origin – student may return to school when written authorization is received from the health care provider
  • Students must stay home for the first 24 hours on antibiotic therapy

Next Steps

Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) staff will continue to closely monitor this situation and work with the appropriate agencies.  We will provide additional updates as needed.

Please know that the safety of students and staff is our top priority.  If we all follow these important guidelines, we can help keep our community healthy.