What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease it causes has been named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). Remember, the risk to residents of Marion County remains low. Stopping the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and are like a cold or influenza. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Who is at risk?
Of the current known cases, children appear to be the least at risk. Those most at risk are the elderly, immunocompromised, or adults with certain pre-existing conditions. More information on COVID-19, such as prevention, treatment, and how it is spread, is available on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Is COVID-19 active in West Virginia?
No. Currently, there are no known cases in West Virginia. Check back often, as we will continue to update this bulletin as needed. The CDC keeps current a map tracking confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. on the CDC website.
What is Marion County Schools doing to prepare for possible COVID-19 cases?
According to guidance given by the CDC, in communities like ours, where COVID-19 is NOT active, the most important thing for school districts to do now is plan and prepare.
Marion County Schools has been actively involved in pandemic preparedness planning with the Marion County Health Department and local emergency response planners and agencies since 2001. A portion of the district-wide Emergency Operations Plan is dedicated to a comprehensive plan for responding to emergency situations.
How will Marion County Schools respond if there is a local outbreak?
The stepped response found in the district’s Emergency Operations Plan is meant to correspond to the seriousness of a local outbreak. Actions may include:
What is Marion County Schools doing in response to the spread of COVID-19?
In addition to monitoring both the spread of COVID-19 and any recommendations by the CDC, here are the steps Marion County Schools is taking to prepare. Please remember, the risk to residents of Marion County remains low.
Marion County Schools will post relevant news, updates, and guidance for parents, students, teachers, and staff on this page to keep you informed.