Cougars News · Coronavirus Update


As of (3/22)Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Orange County Public Schools is in constant communication with the Florida Department of Health and Department of Education regarding responses to COVID-19. As of March 22, there have been 830 cases confirmed in Florida and 13 residents have died.

OCPS is following appropriate protocols to protect staff and students. The district’s current cleaning products are proven effective against the Coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19). Custodial crews are doing thorough “deep cleanings” of schools and offices during spring break.

When any person exhibits any of the symptoms listed below, he or she will be encouraged to stay home. Isolation limits the spread of the virus and will protect the overall health and wellness of others.

Anyone with symptoms should call a medical provider for guidance on what to do. Medical providers will ask questions to screen people for COVID-19 or other illnesses, including the “common flu” which is also prevalent this time of year.

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
 A virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to serious respiratory disease
How does it spread?
 Between people who are in close contact
 Cough or sneeze droplets
 Touching your eyes, nose, or face with hands after touching an object containing the virus
What are the symptoms?
 Fever
 Cough
 Shortness of breath
 Severe illness
How do you protect yourself?
 Avoid close contact with people (six feet apart) and especially those who are sick
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
 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
 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, scrub thoroughly under nails and between fingers, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
 If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
What else OCPS is doing:
• Reducing clutter in classrooms to optimize cleaning efficiency
• Limiting use of pillows and upholstered items in classrooms
• Disposable wipes can be used by staff to use on commonly used surfaces (keyboards, desks, remote controls, etc.) before each use

Where can you find additional information about COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease. The CDC and The Florida Department of Health are your best source of information about the disease.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Information
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Information

The Florida Dept. of Health’s #COVID19 Call Center is 1 (866) 779-6121 available at all times (24/7) or you can email COVID-19@flhealth.gov with your questions.