This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider.
At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low.
However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. The NYC Health Department is vigilantly preparing for all possible scenarios, and we will continue to monitor and communicate about any possible impact to our school communities.
There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.
All New Yorkers should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
We will continue to clearly communicate with our school communities about our ongoing efforts regarding the coronavirus.
疾病控制及預防中心（Center for Disease Control and Prevention）在本周討論了如果新型冠狀病毒在美國出現本 地人傳人的情況時的可能選擇，包括給學校系統考慮的建議。 目前，大家務必聽取事實，不要受恐懼支配。目前紐約市並沒有確診個案，因此對紐約人的風險仍然是低的。 但是，這個病毒在其他國家的傳播提高了我們的關注程度，我們正在為紐約市可能出現人傳人的情況做好準備。如 果出現本地人傳人的情況，這些施行的措施將視乎受影響的人數和該疾病在本市的普遍嚴重程度而定。紐約市衛生 局正警惕地為所有可能的情況做好準備，我們將繼續監察任何可能對我們學校社區造成的影響，並將任何可能受到 的影響告訴大家。 目前我們沒有計劃關閉學校。那是一項極端措施，會妨礙日常生活，而這項決定的執行將按公共衛生專家的指示而 行事。 所有紐約人應該繼續採用一般預防流感的方法，包括： • 咳嗽或打噴嚏時用紙巾或衣袖掩蓋口鼻 • 經常洗手 • 避免觸碰面部 • 避免跟有病的人有密切接觸 • 打流感針──現在為時不晚 • 如果感到不舒服，請留在家裡。致電醫生，告訴他們您的症狀和出遊經歷。 有關詳情，請查看本信附件 常見問題解答或隨時瀏覽 nyc.gov/health 查看重要的最新消息。 我們將繼續就持續應付冠狀病毒的工作跟學校社區保持清晰的溝通。
"The Kindness Tree"
Groundswell Community Mural Project in collaboration with NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca and PS 69 Vincent D. Grippo School
This project was made possible by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC City Council.