MCPS Updates on Coronavirus, Confirms No Cases in Maryland

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) updated parents and guardians about the coronavirus in an email today. 

MCPS referenced a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said while there are cases of the illness in the U.S., it is not spreading. There have been 53 cases in the U.S., including repatriated people returning from other countries.  

The email also said that the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said that no one has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in Maryland or the greater National Capital Region, which includes Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia. 

MCPS is working to create a public health plan to implement if the coronavirus does reach the county. The school system is working with the DHHS and other county agencies to monitor the outbreak. 

Read the email below:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with an update about the coronavirus and the district’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students in our buildings. On February 25, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update in which they stated that, despite the coronavirus being detected within the U.S., the virus is not spreading throughout the country. The CDC is reporting that the risk to the general American public remains low. Furthermore, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has informed us that to date, no cases have been confirmed in Maryland or in the National Capital Region.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is working closely with DHHS and other county agencies to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. MCPS will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on this webpage as it becomes available.

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

Additional information for the U.S. is available on the CDC website.

  • CDC COVID-19 Webpage
  • CDC Communication Print and Video Resources: (in English with some translated into Spanish and Chinese)
  • CDC FAQ: (in English, Spanish and Chinese)

Sincerely,
Montgomery County Public Schools

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Maryam Shahzad

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Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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One Response to “MCPS Updates on Coronavirus, Confirms No Cases in Maryland”

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    On February 28, 2020 at 9:12 am responded with... #

    Just saw a news report that 2 people are being tested in Maryland and one In NOVa.

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