Illness/Additional Deep Cleanings at All Campuses

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”,  is currently at a high level in the state of Virginia according to the CDC.   It is not too late to get your flu shot!

APTS has arranged for additional deep cleanings at all of the campuses over the next week.

Some additional actions to follow to stop the spread of germs:
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Update on Coronavirus-
The state of Virginia continues to have no cases of Coronavirus. 
 
 
For more information on these topics please contact Nurse Manager, Jennifer Benzel, RN, or go to CDC.gov

Illness/Additional Deep Cleanings at All Campuses2020-02-18T13:00:00+00:00

What you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

A new virus, officially named 2019-nCoV but commonly known as novel coronavirus, has been making headlines around the world. At the current time there are NO confirmed cases in our area.  There are currently 5 confirmed cases in the US. (Washington State, Arizona, Illinois and 2 in California)

What Are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Several known coronaviruses infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. However, at least two previously identified coronaviruses have caused severe disease — severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

How Are New Coronaviruses Transmitted?

Some coronaviruses can cause illness in people and others circulate among animals. Rarely, viruses that infect animals can mutate to infect people. Eventually, those viruses evolve to be able to spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred with 2019-nCoV. Initially, the virus was linked to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, suggesting animal-to-human transmission. Now, however, there is evidence of person-to-person transmission.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The severity of symptoms ranges from mild to severe. 

How Can You Prevent Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There is currently no vaccine for 2019-nCoV. The CDC recommends that people avoid all non-essential travel to Wuhan. Additionally, everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What Should a Person Experiencing Symptoms Do?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if you have been in Wuhan City, China in the last two weeks and show symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should:

  1. Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  2. Avoid contact with others.
  3. Not travel while sick.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  5. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If any staff or students recently visited China or are planning on visiting China, please inform your nursing department.
Contact information for the nursing departments can be found at https://www.aptsinc.org/nursing/ or by clicking HERE.

For more information :https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Jennifer Benzel, RN
APTS Nurse Manager 

 

 

 

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What you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)2020-01-27T15:02:30+00:00

It’s Cold and Flu Season…

It’s Cold and Flu Season… 

We are still in the midst of cold and flu season.  We would like to share a helpful chart with you to help you determine if your symptoms line up with the common cold, or if you may have the flu.

REMINDER: If your child has a fever of 100.0 or more they should not report to school.  Your child needs to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before they return to school.

It’s Cold and Flu Season…2020-01-21T19:40:39+00:00