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He also has asked families of the 24,000 students in city schools to prepare now for the possibility of schools being closed if a student or staff member is diagnosed with coronavirus. And he is asking the School Board for authority to reallocate $500,000 for supplies and services to deal with the coronavirus response.
We urge our readers to prepare as well, and to stay informed with credible science-based information.
Here are some helpful websites that answer a va- riety of questions, provide tips for preparing for and dealing with the virus and how to prevent its spread:
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• World Health Organization — www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• Virginia Department of Health — www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
Health professionals advise us that the best things to do right now are simple:
• Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds each time.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Avoid large crowds.
• If you feel sick, stay home.
• Consider stocking up on medicine and food for
family and pets for a two-week stay at home. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe.