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TOPEKA – The KSHSAA is actively monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation in the United States. The situation is rapidly evolving, and we continue to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The KDHE reports as of March 4, 2020, no COVID-19 cases have been identified in Kansas, nor are there any current Person Under Investigation (PUI) cases.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you are suffering from these symptoms contact your healthcare provider and avoid contact with others including school activities.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    – CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect
    themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    – Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent
    the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health
    workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a
    health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going
    to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    – If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

A fact sheet on the Coronavirus Disease can be found at
http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/download/COVID-19_One_Pager.pdf.

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