Update March 02, 2020
One person has been diagnosed with this novel coronavirus in New York City. The risk to New Yorkers of contracting this novel coronavirus is still low. Currently, we have not detected community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City. Community transmission means the disease is spreading and the source of the infection is unknown.
At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. However, we are preparing for the possibility of community transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local community transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. The NYC Health Department is vigilantly preparing for all possible scenarios, and we will continue to monitor and communicate about any possible impact to our school communities.
There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.
All New Yorkers should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
Please read the attached, as well as these Coronavirus FAQs for helpful information regarding common questions about the coronavirus, if possible today or latest tomorrow.
For more information and regular updates, visit the Health Department’s website. For questions, contact your school nurse or BCO health director.