COVID19 - Coronavirus Update

April 24, 2020: Eagle County Transition Trail Map
April 24, 2020: Eagle County Updates Public Health Order
April 7, 2020: COVID Update to Parents
April 6, 2020: News from Public Health
March 26, 2020: Important Update Regarding New Order from the Governor
March 25, 2020: COVID Update to Parents
March 18, 2020: ECS files Declaration of Emergency
18 de marzo, 2020: Recursos; Síntomas, Prevención, Asistencia Económica, Síntomas e Información, Salud Mental
March 13, 2020: ECS School Closure Letter to Parents
March 12, 2020: COVID19 Public Gathering Update
March 12, 2020: COVID19 Update Letter to Parents
March 10, 2020: COVID19 Update to Principals
March 9, 2020: COVID19 Update to Principals
March 6, 2020: Visitor in their 50's first positive case in Eagle County
March 6, 2020: COVID19 Update Letter to Parents
March 5, 2020: Summit County visitor positive for COVID19
March 5, 2020: News from CDC
March 4, 2020: CDC Changes Health Notice on Italy, Iran, and South Korea

Talking to Children About COVID19
Eagle County Schools Disinfection Plan

2/27/2020: Eagle County Schools has been coordinating with local public health agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), keeping in close contact with Eagle County Public Health and Environment, Vail Health, Colorado Mountain Medical, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this subject.

We want to take this opportunity to provide you information about how Eagle County Schools is monitoring this issue and what you can expect in the event of a major outbreak in Colorado.

What is Eagle County Schools Doing?
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Eagle County Schools has been co llaborating with our public health partners. The school district has an infectious disease preparedness plan and we work in coordination with these agencies to ensure the continuity of learning throughout any such situation.

It is important to know that during a major outbreak, we would follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. Our focus has been on how to ensure the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue. In addition, the district would use various electronic systems to allow for student learning remotely during this period.

We have received a number of questions regarding students or families who have recently traveled internationally. As you may know, protocols have been put in place to evaluate and, in some cases, quarantine passengers as they return to the United States. Our public health partners are not recommending additional actions by school districts at this time.

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. There is no vaccine for the COVID19.

What can I do to stay healthy?
Again, the current risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is currently considered low, however just as is recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others through some simple actions:

Protecting yourself from Coronavirus COVID19 and other respiratory viruses (source: CDPHE):

If you are healthy:

  • Practice social distancing, this means you should avoid public gatherings, work from home if possible and keep a distance of at least 3 feet when talking to people.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at a minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and handrails.Additionally, we have stringent cleaning practices in place at all of our district schools and facilities to help avoid disease transmission. Our custodial services staff are receiving additional training and are monitoring the situation to ensure safe practices are in place.

How should you wash your hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home!

As always, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing the symptoms listed in our How Sick is Too Sick? guidelines.

In sharing this information with you today, our intention is to provide factual information about Coronavirus COVID19 and tips on reducing the spread of disease. We will continue to update families and staff as we know more about the potential progression. As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of all of us and we appreciate your ongoing support of our schools.

Got Questions?

For general questions about COVID19, community members can call CO-HELP at 1-877-462-2911 for answers in English and Spanish.

Resources can be accessed at ecemergency.org