COVID-19 Information Update 2020-03-06
March 6, 2020
Dear Nazareth Area School District Parents/Guardians:
The Nazareth Area School District would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on our monitoring of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Governor Wolf announced today (3/6/2020) that two presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) have been identified in Pennsylvania. These two cases are in Wayne County and Delaware County. Additionally, the Central Bucks School District, under the guidance of state and local health agencies, closed 5 of its 23 schools today so that deep cleaning could occur after they reportedly learned of potential exposure to the virus. At this time, there are no reports of positive cases in the Central Bucks School District or in Bucks County.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that further spread of the virus nationwide is likely to occur, and the CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed and reported in the upcoming days and weeks. Currently, there are no reported cases in the Lehigh Valley of COVID-19.
The Nazareth Area School District has been in contact with our local health department and will continue to seek the guidance of state and local health agencies, as they are the sources of the most accurate and timely information related to the outbreak.
The PA Department of Health and the CDC recommend the following preventive measures to decrease the chances of becoming ill:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Immediately throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Finally, the District is following the normal school calendar and we will continue with our planned instruction, assessments, and activities. If changes become necessary to the calendar and/or end-of-year activities, the District will communicate accordingly. These decisions will be made under the guidance of state and local health agencies.
We will continue to update our community as this situation evolves.
Dennis L. Riker, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools