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Coronavirus Update #2
Posted 2/5/20



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February 5, 2020

Dear Newport-Mesa Community/Staff,

This is a follow-up to a communication from last week regarding the respiratory virus, coronavirus, that was first identified in Wuhan City, China and has since spread to other countries, including the United States.

According to Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) officials, even though there is one case in Orange County, the risk of transmission of coronavirus remains low. OCHCA has noted that travelers returning from China will face a health screening and up to two weeks of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they pose no health risk. Students under self-quarantine will be excused from school during this period. 

Below are updated health guidelines from OCHCA in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national public health emergency declaration. 

If you or someone you know has traveled to China and feels sick, please:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care
  • Contact your child’s school or the District’s Health Services Department at 949-515-6730
  • Seek medical care immediately, but call ahead prior and report recent travel and symptoms
  • Wash hands frequently

How to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Please see the OCHCA infographic with some basic facts about the novel coronavirus. The infographic explains how coronavirus is spread, what symptoms are associated with the illness, and what steps you can take to protect yourself from airborne respiratory diseases.


Individuals should exercise their own discretion in their use of masks. Students and staff may wear masks should they decide to do so. The OCHCA recommends that persons who are ill stay home to limit the transmission of all viruses.


Please contact your healthcare provider or school nurse if you have any questions or concerns related to this or any health care issue. For NMUSD updates on this topic visit the coronavirus news feed.  


Dear Newport-Mesa Community,

We have been made aware of a fake Daily Pilot article stating that one of our students has an illness linked with coronavirus. The Daily Pilot has confirmed that this is a fake article. We have no reported cases that link any of our students or school community to the Coronavirus. 

Our district works closely with various health agencies. In the event that there is an impact to our school community, we would be informed, work closely with them, and notify the community of any risks. 

You may have heard that there is one individual who tested positive for a respiratory illness caused by coronavirus in Orange County. This information is confirmed by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

According to the CDPH, there is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County and the risk of infection to the public in Orange County is believed to be low. 

Typically, coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the OCHCA remind us of steps we can take to protect our health and those around us: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth 
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms 
  • See more prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)

Please contact your healthcare provider for any guidance related to this or any other health concern that you may have. Our District will continue to monitor the situation and update you as needed. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, please visit the CDCP website