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Health Tips: Information on the Coronavirus

Information on the Coronavirus from the NYS Department of Health & NYS Education Department

A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Facts about COVID-19:


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions/habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and several viruses 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 the 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% acohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Hand washing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that hands should be washed for 30 seconds with warm soapy water as the best way to clean hands and reduce illness. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol) are an effective alternative for cleaning hands. 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are considered over-the-counter drugs by the US Food and Drug Administration. Although schools are currently closed, Lake Shore's physician previously approved the use of ABHS in our schools as an additional resource for hand cleaning. 

Hand sanitizers do not work for removing allergens. Handwashing with soap and warm water is needed. The use of sanitizer will be done under adult supervision. Staff will be trained when to report concerns to the school nurse. 

Please Share This Information With Your Child: 

  • Washing for 30 seconds with warm soapy water as the best way to clean hands and reduce illness
  • A dime-size amount of hand sanitizer is all that is needed
  • Rub over the hands until the gel is dry
  • Keep their hands off the face, eyes, nose or mouth while hands are wet
  • If they have cuts on their hands or feel stinging, they should not use the sanitizer and tell their teacher

     If you do not want your child to use ABHS when school resumes, please send a written notice to your child's school nurse. 

    A.J Schmidt Elementary School: Mrs. Zielonka, 926-2355
    Highland Elementary School: Mrs. Majkut, 926-2465
    J. T. Waugh Elementary School: Mrs. Cervola, 926-2376
    Middle School: Mr. Dragowski, 926-2408
    High School: Ms. Binaxas, 926-2317

    A copy of the letter that was mailed on March 13, 2020, regarding alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be found here.

Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

Additional Resources
Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found at

A copy of the health tips document from the NYS Department of Health & Education Department containing this information can be found here.