From the California Department of Public Health

February 25, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now being spread widely in other parts of mainland China. More cases are being detected worldwide, and while new cases were initially linked to Hubei Province, China, at this time public health considers being anywhere in China in the past 14 days a risk factor for novel coronavirus infection.

The virus causes respiratory illness. For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, see:

At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, but schools can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions will be helpful to also prevent the spread of other common illnesses such as influenza and gastroenteritis.

Guidance for Schools, School Districts, Preschools, and Childcare Settings