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    School Nurse News Update
    Posted on 11/18/2020

    Covid-19 update

    Be aware that COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in King County. So that we can get back to school,
    we all need to consistently mask up, stay 6 feet from other people and wash our hands frequently to prevent spreading the virus.

    Seattle Public School nurses have been working behind the scenes to help prepare our schools and staff for the eventual return to school. We have been preparing protocols and training for district staff in all departments to help make school safe for everyone.

    I have been doing contact tracing work with the district and finding that the spread of the virus is mostly due to people not wearing a mask all the time and being within 6 feet of others for longer than 15 minutes at a time or over a 24 hour period. Many people have not realized they were infected. Sometimes people have tested negative but have shown symptoms. Sometimes people have tested positive but not had any symptoms.

    If you have been around anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or who developed symptoms we encourage you to be tested and quarantine. That means staying away from other people for 14 days.

    King County has launched new free test sites!
    Book your appointment now for Tukwila, Auburn, Federal Way or Renton.

    ¡El Condado de King ha lanzado nuevos sitios de prueba gratuitos!
    Haga clic para reservar su cita ahora para Tukwila, Auburn, Federal Way o Renton.

    Safety during the holidays
    Health officials say they believe small home gatherings are fueling the spread of Covid-19. It is critical that we follow the current King County Public Health guidelines.

    Start with avoiding unnecessary activities, gatherings and travel.

    How To Keep Your Family Safe Over the Holidays

    1. Limit the number, size and duration of contacts with others

    o Current guidance is to limit gatherings to 5 people outside of the household per week.
    o Holiday celebrations ideally should be household members only.
    o Avoid crowded indoor spaces and keep visits short in duration.
    o If visiting indoors, open windows and doors to increase air flow.

    2. Wear a well-made and well-fitting face mask:

    o Whenever around others who are not part of the household.
    o Especially indoors
    o Even if 6 feet of distance can be maintained.

    3. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others who are not part of your household.
    4. Cover coughs and sneezes
    5. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol often.
    6. Stay home and away from others if you are sick except to get medical care.
    7. Get a flu shot to prevent influenza infection.

    Avoid these activities:

    o Sharing food and drinks.
    o Shaking hands and hugging. Wave and verbally greet others instead.
    o Singing, dancing, and shouting. These activities increase your chances of catching COVID-19 through the air.

    If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me at 206-595-7277 or jveckerdt@seattleschools.org.