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Flu and Coronavirus Precautions

January 30, 2020

Dear Pingry Families,

You are no doubt aware of the news surrounding 2019-nCoV, a novel strain of a common family of viruses called coronaviruses, which originated in Wuhan, China. Please rest assured that the School is staying abreast of the situation and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), as well as the Bernards Township Health Department and the Livingston/Millburn Health Department. While the respiratory illness is serious and being monitored closely by global health organizations, the CDC considers its risk to the American public low at this time. Pingry's primary concern, as is the case every winter, remains the flu. 

In keeping with the CDC's recommendations, and per our November 11 communication, the same preventive measures that are advised for the flu are advised for the coronavirus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Equally important, we can not emphasize enough the need for sick students to remain at home. Please refer to our November 11 letter that outlines the symptoms and conditions that should keep students home from school. 

Due to the virulence of the coronavirus and as yet clear understanding of its transmissibility, the CDC is recommending that healthcare providers report individuals who meet the following criteria:

  1. Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset had a history of travel from Wuhan City, China, OR close contact with a person who is under investigation for 2019-nCOV while that person was ill.

  2. Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND in the last 14 days close contact with an ill, laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient. 

Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and will reach out again if there are additional details to communicate. We encourage you to visit the websites below for the most recent updates on the virus; don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
New Jersey Department of Health


Jennifer DiBiasi, RN
908-647-5555 ext. 1326

Joy Livak, RN
908-647-5555 ext. 1636

Paula Edell, RN
973-370-4550 ext. 1422