PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Public Schools issued a press release from Superintendent Diana Mitchell on Tuesday on the precautionary steps the district is taking to protect students and staff from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to the release, the district has policies in place that address the well-being of all students and staff. Policy 5141 addresses preparation for a pandemic flu outbreak, while Policy 514.2 addresses the control of contagious diseases or conditions. The school's physician and Supervisor of Nursing is collaborating with the Plainfield Health Department.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said in an email earlier Tuesday that his administration is in close contact with both State and County health officials, monitoring the virus' progress, and making preparations for an organized response.
The Union County Freeholder Board issued a notice on Friday advising residents to keep up to date with reliable, accurate information about COVID-19, and to take steps to prepare if the disease emerges in New Jersey.
Freeholder Alexander Mirabella said the County’s Office of Public Health is coordinating closely with local, state, and federal health agencies to ensure that the Union County community is informed and prepared.
Symptoms are consistent with a respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The facemask is not for those who are well, but rather for those who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- 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.
Members of the public with questions about COVID-19 can call the New Jersey Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Call Center 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222. The call center is open 24/7 and offers guidance in several languages. This number is for the public only. Clinicians should call their local health department for guidance.
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