How Can Our Technology Resources Help You?
With recent school closings happening at the K-12 and higher education levels, your district may determine that it is necessary to close your campuses temporarily. If your contingency plan includes this possibility, please be reminded that ESC Region 11 provides several technology tools that can assist with your distance learning efforts. Please click on the resources below to learn how your district can utilize these helpful tools during this widespread health concern.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that was first discovered in Wuhan, China. It is transmitted from person to person.
Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, fatigue, and sore throat. Severe cases include persistent high fever, shortness of breath, and pneumonia.
Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are people over age 60 and people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
COVID-19 is transmitted through:
- close contact with an infected person
- by an infected person coughing or sneezing
- and by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
It takes from two days up to 14 days from being exposed to the virus before getting sick.
Local or community transmission is when the virus is spreading from person to person within the community rather than being acquired through travel. Though household cases are examples of community transmission, the concern is continued spread beyond a single household or cluster. That's when the chain of infection cannot be easily identified.
How you can prevent COVID-19.
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions:
- 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
What should I do if I get sick?
- Stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours unless you experience significant symptoms, then contact your medical provider before you seek care.
- Limit your contact with others in your household if at all possible. If possible, limit the number of people who provide you care within the home, so you don’t expose them.
- Most cases of coronavirus will be mild, and you will recover without medical care. If you have persistent fever, high fever, have underlying medical conditions contact your medical care provider.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your medical provider before seeking care. If you don’t notify them before arriving at the clinic or hospital, immediately grab a mask and let the intake staff know your concern so that you don’t potentially expose others while waiting to be seen.
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
If a person has respiratory issues, TCPH advice is to contact a physician or urgent care, or other medical facility and get tested for the flu or other viral illnesses first. If your doctor or medical professional determines that, based on your symptoms and travel history that a COVID-19 test is needed, specimens will be taken and sent to a lab for testing. TCPH generally does not test individuals for COVID-19 unless you are a contact case and have been contacted by our epidemiology staff.
If I am planning to travel, should I go?
Check the CDC website for updates on where travel should be avoided regardless of your risk for complications from coronavirus infection. If you are at high risk, you are advised not to travel.
If I am planning a large event, should I cancel it?
Tarrant County Public Health is strongly recommending that organizers of events of any size in which people will be in close contact to cancel or postpone such events, if possible.