Coronavirus Plan for Mercer County Schools

Posted by Brent Murphy on 3/12/2020


22 hours ago WOWK Justice: No COVID-19 in WV

By order of the governor all schools in Mercer County will be closed.
This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

This is a fluid plan and may be updated based on the latest information from health officials: 

  • Mercer County Schools Health Services is in contact with the Mercer County Health Department (MCHD).  The MCHD is working collaboratively with WV Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services and the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  Their information is updated daily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • There are several different types of coronaviruses, some of which have been around for years.  These are referred to as the Common Coronaviruses and usually cause symptoms similar to the common cold.  Many of us have had common coronaviruses in the past and assumed we had the common cold, treated it as such, and recovered in a week or two. 
  • The Coronavirus that started in China in December is referred to as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 


We are working closely with MCHD: 

  • Using the same precautions that we have used for the regular flu and other virus protection.  Regular cleaning and disinfecting of desks, computer keyboards, door knobs, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces within the schools.  All cleaning products in our schools have been Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved. 
  • Thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds before meals, after using the restroom and whenever hands are visibly dirty. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cough Etiquette.  Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and thoroughly wash your hand immediately.  If tissues aren’t available, cough into the inside of the elbow. 
  • Hand sanitizer, with 60%-90% alcohol, may be used only when soap and water is not available.   
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.  Those who display these symptoms should remain home until all symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours.
  • If a student or school employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the suspected case should be immediately reported to the school and the MCHD.  COVID-19 is an immediately reportable disease.