Dedham Public Schools Address Coronavirus Concerns

DEDHAM, MA —Dedham Public Schools are being proactive about addressing Coronavirus fears in the district as well as dealing with the spread of other viral infections. In a statement to the school community, the district said there has been an increased number of students with symptoms of influenza, as well as strep throat and GI viruses in February. There are no cases of Coronavirus.

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Local schools prepare to fight off coronavirus

BEAR, Delaware (WPVI) -- A Delaware school district demonstrated its newest tool against germs Tuesday.

New hand-held battery-powered disinfectant wands will now be used to disinfect surfaces at Kathleen Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, Delaware, spraying a fine germ-killing mist onto desks, lockers and other high-traffic areas.

"Traditionally we would have to spray it down and then we'd have to let it sit five to ten minutes and then wipe it down," said Ted Lambert, Supervisor of Facilities at Colonial School District. "With the new Protexus wand, we can actually go through and spray it down, let it sit and dry and we're good to go."

Officials with Colonial School District started budgeting for these in their schools last spring, and say the timing couldn't be better.

Delaware School Districts Take Coronavirus Precautions

LEWES, Del.- Some school districts in the First State are taking precautions ahead of any potential Coronavirus cases.

The Cape Henlopen School District posted a message on its Facebook page Tuesday saying it is closely monitoring the Coronavirus disease, although there are no confirmed cases in Delaware at this time.

The district went on to say staff members will regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in hallways, classrooms, offices and restrooms. Cape also asks that parents inform their children's school nurses in advance of any international travel.

Flu virus widespread, closes several schools

Over the past two weeks, school cancellations have been widespread due to an influenza outbreak in both Johnson County Schools and Paintsville Independent Schools.

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s statewide flu activity report, the state’s current flu activity level, submitted weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is defined as widespread. This means that outbreaks of the flu or influenza-like illness cases and recent lab confirmed diagnoses have spread across at least half of the regions in Kentucky.

Learn How Klein ISD Plant Operations Protects Us

Klein ISD Plant Operations is changing the infection prevention game with the Protexus cleaning system. Protexus is a state-of-the-art device that is used to clean and sanitize our facilities for students, staff, and community members.

With advanced technology, it’s able to provide immediate infection control in outbreak situations. Each Klein ISD campus is equipped with a Protexus system to ensure a safe, affordable, and highly effective approach to cleaning.

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Mansfield City School District will be closed Monday in order to disinfect buildings

Mansfield City School District will be closed Monday in order to disinfect buildings

Nearly a dozen school districts across Northeast Ohio were shut down for similar reasons on Friday.


MANSFIELD, Ohio — All schools in the Mansfield city district will be closed Monday "in an effort to stem a tide of high absenteeism due to colds and flu-like symptoms."

Superintendent Stan Jefferson says maintenance crews will spend the day disinfecting buildings and buses. Nearly a dozen school districts across Northeast Ohio were shut down for similar reasons on Friday, including nearby Crestline, Lucas, and Crestview.

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Schools ramp up cleaning efforts as kids come down with flu, fears over coronavirus spread

SANDY, Utah — Almost a quarter of the students a Lone Peak Elementary School called out sick this week, a spokesperson for the school said.

Mary Hardy, the school’s administrative assistant, takes a lot of those calls from parents.

“We have had cases of influenza and strep going around and just common cough and colds,” she said.

While this is a time of year when kids often stay home sick, Hardy said, this year she’s seen more kids sick than others.

A few years back, following the Norovirus outbreak, the Canyons School District invested in a Protexus — a machine that sprays hospital-grade detergent. While it is used all year round in certain areas, the accident facility manager for Lone Peak Elementary said this time of year it gets a lot more use.

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Finding New Ways of Infection Prevention and Control in Senior Living

The health and well-being of residents is always a primary focus for any Senior Living provider and limiting both infections and their spread is an ongoing challenge. In order to find the best solution, it’s important to know how infections start. According to the Centers for Disease Control, infections need three things in order to occur.


First, there has to be a source – think of a sink, toilet or even just human skin.

Secondly, infections require a susceptible person, which could include the young, elderly or those with open wounds or weakened immune systems.

Finally, infections need a means of transmission. This could be direct or indirect contact, inhalation, sprays or splashes.

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