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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2020 CONTACT: Heather Thomas, 425.508.4980, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement on Closures of Mariner High School and Discovery Elementary
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – We are aware of the Mukilteo School District’s decision to close Mariner High School and Discovery Elementary School today. This is in response to a student who had close contact with the third case of COVID-19 announced yesterday.
Those who are close contacts of the presumptive positive case have been contacted by public health staff for further instruction. If you have not been contacted by the Health District, please assume that you are not impacted and that your risk of acquiring COVID-19 is not higher than the general population.
Closing schools when there has not been a confirmed case in a student or staff member is not currently recommended by the Snohomish Health District or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though this closure is not necessary from a public health point of view, we know that school districts act out of extra special caution when they are protecting children. And the school knows its community best and is in charge of making decisions about the school.
The Snohomish Health District will continue to provide guidance to the Mukilteo School District and will provide any support that we can.
For 80% of cases, COVID-19 is a mild illness that does not require hospital care. We cannot eliminate COVID-19 but we can limit its spread by washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching our face (mouth, nose, eyes), staying home when sick until the illness is resolved, covering coughs and sneezes with tissue and washing hands thereafter, and staying away from others who are ill.”
The health and safety of the people in Snohomish County remains our top priority. We need people to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information.
How should people prepare?
The situation with coronavirus is rapidly evolving outside of the United States. Local, state and federal officials are monitoring, investigating, tracking down and isolating any suspected cases. For more information, please visit the Snohomish Health District’s COVID-19 website at www.snohd.org/ncov2019.