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County schools superintendent issues statement on coronavirus 

County school administrators briefed by public health officials

San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools James Brescia released a video statement on Tuesday regarding COVID-19 coronavirus:

“I’m James Brescia San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools. We understand that the coronavirus has created concern in our community. All of the schools within our county are working with the San Luis Obispo County Health Department to obtain the most current information to keep our students, families, and employees safe.

“Our Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein has been in regular communication with our schools regarding the public health response to the novel coronavirus.

“The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education is working with all of our districts throughout the county to formalize response plans should any school or district need to close for any reason. All school administrators were briefed by public health officials today.

“Everyone must do their part in taking every day preventative measures to help decrease the spread of the flu or other respiratory viruses.

“Preventative measures include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid non-essential travel as recommended by the Health Department for the time being

“If you were in any of the affected areas in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

“We are counting on the entire community to work proactively to increase public safety. Thank you.”

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