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Public Health: Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

January 28, 2020

ALCDSB LogoThe health and wellbeing of all Board students, staff, volunteers and community members is a priority for the Board. 

As always, we will follow our normal processes for staff and student illness.

The Board will continue to share any information that comes from our Public Health community partners, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education. All updates and information can be found on the Board website.


January 28, 2020

As you may be aware, a new illness called novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been spreading in areas of southeast Asia, originating in Wuhan (Hubei province), China.

At this time returning travelers from affected areas are advised to continue regular activities but monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness. If symptoms develop, ill persons are advised to self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider.

The 2019-nCoV has been identified at the same time that influenza (β€œthe flu") and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in our community. The precautions to protect yourself against these respiratory illnesses can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV.

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health recommend members of the public take the following usual precautions to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illnesses;

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
  • Clean objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and television remotes.
  • Get your influenza vaccine.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone. Notify the school of your child's absence


KFL&A Public Health and HPE Public Health are closely monitoring the situation and actively working with our local, provincial and federal partners to ensure the continued safety and well-being of the public.

This is a constantly evolving situation and there is a dedicated Ministry of Health website ( where parents/guardians can find the most up-to-date information.


Please contact the local public health unit with any questions

KFL&A - 613-549-1232  -

HPE - 613-966-5500 -

Media Release Novel Coronavirus Jan 27 2020.pdf

Ministry of Health -

CMoH memo -Jan 27.pdf


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