Important information about the Novel Coronavirus

Limestone Learning Foundation
Important information about Novel Coronavirus
Posted on 01/29/2020
Image of the coronavirus magnifiedPlease see important information from our partners at KFL&A Public Health about the coronavirus.

A new illness called novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been spreading in areas of southeast Asia, originating in Wuhan (Hubei province), China.

At this time returning travelers from affected areas are advised to continue regular activities but monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness. If symptoms develop, ill persons are advised to self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider.

The 2019-nCoV has been identified at the same time that influenza (“the flu”) and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in our community. The precautions to protect yourself against these respiratory illnesses can also be used to  help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV.

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health recommends members of the public take the following usual precautions to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illnesses:

• Clean your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
• Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand.
• Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
• Clean objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and television remotes.
• Get your influenza vaccine.
• Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone. Notify the school of your child’s absence

KFL&A Public Health is closely monitoring the situation and actively working with our local, provincial and federal partners to ensure the continued safety and well-being of the public.

This is a constantly evolving situation and there is a dedicated Ministry of Health website where parents/guardians can find the most up-to-date information.

Letter to families from Chief Medical Officer of Health 

For more information, please contact:
Jane Douglas, Communications officer
Communications Officer
613-544-6925 x 311 | 613-328-0916 mobile
Karen Smith, Communications Officer
613-544-6925 x 314 | 613-328-0947 mobile

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.