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Local school districts continue to monitor coronavirus situation

Some of the valley's school districts sent a letter informing parents that although the coronavirus has not reached the desert, let alone the county at this time, they are monitoring the situation.

The Center for Disease Control recently issued a warning that the coronavirus could begin spreading in the U.S. and Americans should begin preparing now.

With that in mind, The Palm Springs Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District sent letters to parents reading in part, "The safety and well-being of our students and staff is one of our top priorities. With that in mind, we are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation."

Both districts urged parents that if your child is sick, follow these tips:

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu and coronavirus, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year

If you have questions about these topics, email either workingtogether@desertsands.us or call PSUSD's Health Services Department at 760-883-2704 ext. 5034.

We reached out to the Coachella Valley Unified School District for an update but have not heard back.

Earlier this week, the CDC recently revealed a Riverside County resident who was on the Diamond Princess ship tested positive for the coronavirus. They are currently being treated in Nothern California.

On Wednesday, the CDC confirmed a Solano County resident may be the first person in the United States to test positive for the virus with no travel history or known exposure to someone with coronavirus.

Governor Gavin Newsom held a news conference to address the state's response. He confirmed there are currently 28 cases in the state. California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell said the risk to the general public still remains low.

Stay with News Channel 3 for any updates.

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