The Department of Health advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:
Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand-washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.
Coronavirus Fact v Fiction Audio Update (9 minute podcast from Dr. Sanjay Gupta)
Governor Inslee Public Address (3/2/2020)
More information about COVID-19 can be accessed by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 or our local Walla Walla Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650.
The Walla Walla County Health Department has a new Hot Line for questions about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm