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:
- San Mateo County Health - Novel Coronavirus Updates and Resources
- California Department of Public Health - New Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
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
- California Department of Public Health - 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Schools and School Districts
- California Department of Public Health - 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Child Care and Preschool Settings