The Coronavirus has recently made its way to the United States and Texas. Here is information on what you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as helpful links to resources and cancellation updates.
A novel coronavirus called SARS-coV-2 (formally called 2019-nCoV) has emerged out of Wuhan, China. In the following weeks since its emergence, the virus has spread to multiple countries around the world, including the United States. The illness that SARS-CoV-2 causes is COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
-Fever -Cough -Shortness of breath
Current case counts in the United States are available on the CDC website.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These everyday actions can all prevent exposure to other respiratory viruses as well.
- 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. - 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 visibly dirty.
DSHS Call Center:
Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.
DSHS COVID 19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
"Humble ISD will be closed through next week to support our community and health care professionals in the ongoing goal of containing Coronavirus COVID-19. All activities and events that were scheduled in Humble ISD from Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 21, are cancelled and our buildings are closed.
By taking this step now, our community will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and assist in preserving the capacity of our health care systems. Social distancing helps protect students, staff, and the larger Humble ISD community. Health and safety is our top priority.
Teachers will provide learning opportunities for students while campuses are closed. On the evening of Monday, March 16, families should expect to receive an email from their school with more information about learning opportunities. It is also the district's goal to offer food care packages for families on free and reduced lunch. Strategies that allow this while social distancing are currently in development.
Employees should work from home unless other arrangements are made in advance with their supervisor. Buildings are closed to the public and most staff as part of our containment strategy."