Public Health Update
February 26, 2020
Dear NPS Families,
Given the recent media articles surrounding the COVID-19 virus (commonly known as Coronavirus), we wanted to share with you information on our processes and to point you to useful and credible sources of additional information.
As we have since the outbreak was first reported, we have been working closely with the Newton Department of Health and Human Services to closely monitor the situation. We are also following guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Specifically, we are working closely with our study abroad programs to take all precautions advised and working with the local, state, and federal agencies named above.
The Massachusetts Department of Health recently sent guidance to school administrators. That guidance can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Key points from the guidance document include:
- At this time, Massachusetts has had one confirmed case of COVID-19 and the risk to our residents remains low. Massachusetts residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses.
- We know that outbreaks of new virus infections are always of public health concern. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), other federal agencies, local boards of health, and our clinical partners to share the most up to date information available.
As DPH recommends, the Newton Public Schools will continue education about good hygiene with students, staff, and volunteers and will continue to follow our regular cleaning and disinfection programs in our buildings.
For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Newton Health and Human Services website here: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/health_n_human_services/public/covid_19.asp
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional information in a timely manner.