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St. Mary’s County Health Department and Public Schools Release Statement on Coronavirus

St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) and St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) understand the concerns many people have over the potential spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to our area. Despite COVID-19 being detected in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that risk to the general American public remains low at this time. SMCPS and SMCHD are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to monitor the situation. We maintain a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. SMCPS will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccine and engage in every day, preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illnesses (including COVID-19), such as: • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. • Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick. • Stay home when you are […]

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