While health and state leaders believe the risk of coronavirus is low, one Hancock County school district is taking every precaution necessary to ensure its staff, students and families are prepared.
Officials with the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County are urging all to be on alert and take precautions to limit the risk of the virus.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana State Department of Health and Hancock County Health Department believe the risk to our community is low at this time,” the district stated in a release.
District officials state it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear.
“Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Indiana…. However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern. We are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in our area. The measures put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected in our schools and the severity of illness we experience in our community,” the statement reads.
Officials with the district state they will continue to monitor the situation and community any impact to school and the New Palestine community.
In addition, they offer the following tips:
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
Wash your hands regulary
Avoid touching your face
Avoid close contact with those who are sick
“There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life. Any decision to close school will be at the direction of public health experts, including the State Department of Health,” the district’s statement said.