FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - Fountain Hills High School will be closed for the next 14 days due to a "COVID-related issue on campus," officials announced.
According to a Facebook post from the school district on Oct. 28, the decision to close the school is based on the number of students who have been in direct contact with the person who tested positive for the virus.
"All students must quarantine for the next 14 days," the district announced. All extra-curricular activities have also been canceled for the next two weeks.
The district says remote instruction for the high school will begin on Oct. 29.
"We have a couple of concerns with how our students contacted COVID based on contact with some other students outside of our district," said Fountain Hills Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Glass.
There will be precautions taken while students are away and once they come back.
Glass says during the next 14 days, they will be doing a thorough cleaning of the school, and when students come back for in-person learning, they will undergo routine health checks.
"Every single day when they come back to campus we will continue the health screening, we just ask that our parents continue to be vigilant about monitoring their students’ health," Glass said.
On Oct. 28, the state department of health services reported 1,044 new coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Monitor your health daily
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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.