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COVID-19 Information

NURSE UPDATE-COVID 19

Dear Families,

The Nottingham School would like to offer whatever assistance we can to you during our school closure.  We understand these are significant measures that have been taken and we are all navigating many unknowns at this time. We are continually being updated regarding what is known of Coronavirus or COVID-19, by the CDC, NH Department of Health and Human Services and the NH Department of Education.  We are taking these recommendations seriously and we encourage you and your family members to do the same. 

The CDC recommends that you call your primary care doctor or a walk-in clinic if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19. Do not go to the ER. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, headache and cough. Worsening symptoms include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips.  Please monitor for symptoms and development of fever and report these findings. 

If you are sick, please stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas, public transport, and contact with people and animals. Call your provider ahead of time to notify them that you may have been exposed or have symptoms. Wear a face mask if you are sick or have been caring for others who are sick. This CDC website provides great guidelines for staying healthy, as well as for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html 

In addition to using your primary care provider as a resource for any questions and concerns, you may also utilize the NH COVID-19 Hotline by dialing 211. Representatives will be available to answer FAQs and provide information that has been released by the CDC. 

For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19), click this link nh.gov/covid19

It has now been confirmed by the NH Department of Health and Human Services that there is community based transmission of COVID-19 in NH.   This means that the source of infection is unknown in the most recently diagnosed cases in NH. Now more than ever we should all be strictly adhering to the guidelines set forth by the CDC in reference to social distancing, as it is absolutely necessary to the efforts for mitigation of COVID-19. Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds and crowded spaces. Our school closure is an example of social distancing. Other measures include no hugs, no handshakes and maintaining a six foot distance between people. It is also strongly recommended that parents refrain from allowing young children and teens to participate in sleepovers, play dates and other social gatherings amongst peers.

Here is a helpful link from the American Academy of Pediatrics in regards to the importance of following social distancing guidelines. 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Social-Distancing-Why-Keeping-Your-Distance-Helps-Keep-Others-Safe.aspx

You may be wondering what else you can be doing to decrease exposure to COVID-19, as well as prevent  transmission to other family or community members if you or your children are displaying symptoms.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Frequent hand washing-use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you only have hand sanitizer available, ensure that it is alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol
  • Proper coughing/sneezing hygiene-cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and wash hands immediately
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Strictly avoid non-urgent outpatient visits and appointments
  • Consult with your primary care doctor regarding rescheduling elective surgery
  • Check on your neighbors… Use the phone; get some air chatting across the yard.
  • Check on elders in your life. Do they need meds, food, or assistance? Social distancing does not mean that we need to emotionally isolate ourselves. Please check on your friends, neighbors and family members.
  • Keep informed. Reach out to us with any questions. Check the CDC. Be mindful of too much news consumption. It can be overwhelming for us as adults and certainly for kids.
  • Sanitize and disinfect-Current research shows that the virus can live for hours/days on certain surfaces. The CDC recommends frequent cleaning of household surfaces 

In closing, this is a new challenge for all of us and changes are developing quickly and constantly.  We must remember that our actions impact not only ourselves and our families, but the community around us. We are all learning aside one another and must remain patient and flexible. I hope the best for you and your children, as I know we share the common goal to keep them safe, happy and healthy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone at anytime.  I will be checking my messages frequently and I will strive to respond as quickly as possible.

Be Well,
Lori Kilbreth BSN, RNC
School Nurse
Nottingham School
(603)679-5632 ext.12
lkilbreth@nottingham.k12.nh.us