Parents and Staff,
This weekend, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced three presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in residents of Johnson County, Iowa. The individuals, one middle-age (41-60 years) adult and two older adults (61-80), were all on an overseas cruise to Egypt. None required hospitalization and all are recovering in isolation at home.
We will continue to monitor developments in Iowa and follow recommendations from IDPH and the Scott County Health Department. At this time, the presumptive positive cases do not immediately impact our operations. We will continue to take proactive actions for the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors including influenza cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Any decision to change current operations, including student instruction, will made in conjunction with IDPH and Scott County Public Health.
According to the IDPH, no additional or special precautions are recommended for Iowans beyond the simple daily precautions to combat the flu, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. Please continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for preventative measures you can take to stay healthy, including:
We do advise you to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way you would prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. Please take some time to make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill?
If you have questions about the COVID-19 itself, please contact IDPH’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at (800) 362-2736. If you have questions specific to a Bettendorf school, please contact that school or the District Administration Center at 359-3681.