Update #2: Coronavirus risk to general public in U.S. remains low

February 27, 2020
Coronavirus risk to general public in U.S. remains low, but more cases are expected

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the immediate risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) remains low for Americans, but more cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including in the United States.

“Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing the spread of this virus and mitigating the impact of this virus,” the CDC says on its website. “The federal government is working closely with state, local, and public health agencies to respond to this public health threat.”

Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health, in guidance issued to schools and districts, says travelers from mainland China who arrive in the United States should stay home from school for 14 days as a precaution — beginning the day after they left China.

“Please note that there have been reports of students and others being stigmatized,” the CDPH guidance says. “We urge schools to ensure students’ and staffs’ privacy to help prevent discrimination.”

The state’s Public Health Department encourages students, parents and staff to continue taking everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover coughs with a sleeve or tissue
  • Have ample tissues within easy reach, as well as no-touch trash cans
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home
There is no immediate threat to MPUSD or our schools. Additionally, the Public Health Department is not recommending the cancelation of public events at this time. There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States. We will continue to monitor the issue and share pertinent information to the MPUSD community, including any plans that may require the district or schools to act in the event any case is identified in Monterey County.