Information and Resources about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Richland One officials are monitoring information and updates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a new respiratory virus that has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in other countries, including the United States. South Carolina has seven presumptive positive cases; two have been confirmed by the CDC. For updates from DHEC, go to scdhec.gov/COVID19.
Similar to the prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu, recommended preventive measures include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Staying home if you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
UPDATE: District administrators were notified on March 9, 2020 that five students had indirect contact with a person who is being tested for the coronavirus. The students attend Rosewood Elementary School, Hand Middle School and Dreher High School. The students are not exhibiting symptoms. The family members have decided to place themselves under a self-quarantine as a precaution.
We notified the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC is investigating and we will follow their recommendations and guidance. We are already cleaning and disinfecting all of our schools with EPA-approved products. We are also continuing to emphasize to our students and staff the importance of preventative measures, including washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and staying at home if you’re sick. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your health care provider or call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432.
We will provide updates as we receive additional information.
Links to educational materials and resources about the coronavirus:
Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Videos:
DHEC Care Line: 1-855-472-3432 (staffed 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays)