There are no reported cases of coronavirus in Pearland, but that hasn’t stopped area school districts from doing their part to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said everyone needs to prepare, including school districts.
Below are the written statements from Pearland area schools:
Pearland ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The District is aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While there are no reports of this illness in our area, families are encouraged to visit CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.
In accordance with guidance from County Health officials and the CDC, no additional precautions are advised for Pearland ISD and other school districts at this time. Should this change, the district will immediately notify all parties.
Alvin ISD (Nurse)
As you may have heard in the news, a new coronavirus called the 2019-nCoV has been identified as the
source of an outbreak originally detected in Wuhan, China. This virus causes mild to severe respiratory
symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There have been NO cases in the State of
Texas at this time. Currently, 2019-nCoV is not circulating in the public in the United States so the risk of
contracting the virus is very low.More information on coronavirus can be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Alvin Community College
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
No cases of the coronavirus have been reported at Alvin Community College. As health officials continue to investigate the spread of the virus, we at ACC want to keep the community up to date regarding this issue.
To date there are no reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus, neither confirmed nor suspected, in Brazoria County. The Brazoria County Health Department is participating on calls with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay informed on the ongoing outbreak. Healthcare providers should immediately notify Brazoria County Health Department if they suspect a person has been infected with the novel coronavirus.
The CDC has issued prevention and treatment methods to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Details can be found at their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html)
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
If you suspect there is a case of the coronavirus, call 979-864-2168 or after hours, 800-511-1632.
San Jacinto College
Dear San Jacinto College Community:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally including the United States.
At present, there are no cases at San Jacinto College, but we want to update the community on this emerging global health concern.
There is much more to learn about how the 2019-nCoV virus spreads, severity of associated illness, and other features of the virus. Investigations are ongoing. While the CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.
There are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actionsto help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Guard against all communicable diseases with the following:
- frequent handwashing;
- covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; and
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is widespread across the nation.
Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Texas continues to be an ongoing concern. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.
If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.