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Being Prepared for COVID-19

March 23, 2020
First published: January 29, 2020

As a community, we are all responsible to act in ways that mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and community are our top priorities. To ensure you are informed and up to date on COVID-19, its potential impact in LRSD, and the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of the disease, we urge you to regularly visit our website for updates.

While the first presumptive positive cases of the virus have been confirmed in Manitoba, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the risk to the general population in Canada as low at this time.

LRSD and COVID-19 FAQ:

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is spread through close contact (within two metres) with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. You can also get COVID-19 by touching objects contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Factsheet – Manitoba Government

What preventative steps can be taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19?

  • All students, teachers and staff are encouraged to stay at home if they are sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately
  • Regular and thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds  – if you are unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (within two metres) with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

What should I do if I'm sick or if someone in my family is ill or showing symptoms?

If you or anyone in your family is sick or showing signs of cold- or flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home. Please visit the new online Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool before contacting Health Links regarding COVID-19 concerns. 

If any member of your household is undergoing testing or tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that all members of the household self-quarantine. Please contact your child's school principal with any health updates related to COVID-19 so we can help mitigate the impact of the virus on the school community.  

What else can I do to prevent the spread against COVID-19?

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living recommends the following strategies for all Manitobans:
  • social distancing which means minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public
  • avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes
  • disinfecting frequently used surfaces
  • frequent and thorough handwashing
  • following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus
  • consider avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk (e.g. seniors and those with underlying medical conditions)
  • cancelling or postponing any large-scale events with more than 50 attendees (this will help reduce prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between other individuals in public).
 
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