Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Given the recent conversations surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we felt this information should be shared with our school family and the Ingham ISD service area community. 

All the information provided on our website was taken from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This information is focused on preventing the spread of the disease, symptoms and what to do if you think you may be sick. More information is available on the Ingham County Health DepartmentMDHHS or the CDC websites. 

On March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of all PreK-12 public, private and boarding school buildings to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan  Schools will be closed, Monday, March 16 and extend through the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. School building openings have been postponed and we are awaiting further direction from the Governor.  

As of March 31, the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is 7,615. 

The Governor encourages ALL residents to practice preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often, for 20 seconds.
  • Practice touching your face, less often.
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps. 
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean surfaces regularly.
  • Stay home if you are sick.


External LinkWhite House and CDC Guidance

External LinkState Website:

PDF DocumentIngham County Health Department Fact Sheet

External LinkMichigan State University's Website and Campus Strategies for Coronavirus

Coronavirus background information

What is the Coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Why is the disease being called the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice external icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

How does COVID-19 spread?
Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing. close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. in rare cases, contact with feces.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you have been in China within the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor.

What are the symptoms of the Influenza as they differ a little from COVID-19?
According to the CDC, common Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. 

*It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.


What can be done to minimize the spread of COVID-19?
The CDC has provided some guidance on prevention that should be used for both the flu and coronavirus

  • Washing/cleaning/sanitizing with soap and WARM water is fine, as long as you're washing hands for 20 seconds. No specific "special products" are needed.
  • Sanitizing gel is also fine, but note that it must be rubbed into the skin until it's dry.
  • Masks do not provide any benefit to healthy individuals, and if someone is exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, they need to be isolated at home. 
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue, elbow or sleeve is recommended. Tissues should be immediately thrown away in trash receptacles.

These steps will support students and staff against common winter germs, including colds, seasonal flu and strep, in addition to COVID-19. They are smart practices for all individuals and organizations and we encourage families to follow the same practices at home. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Documents

/downloads/iisd_publicinformation/arabic_stop-the-spread-of-germs_poster_kchd.pdfThe following documents or links were added to our website on 2/29/2020 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the most current documents please visit their website directly at


US Map of states with confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


PDF DocumentWhat you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PDF DocumentWhat you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Chinese

PDF DocumentWhat you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Spanish


PDF DocumentFamily Handwashing Tips

PDF DocumentFamily Handwashing Tips - Spanish

PDF DocumentWash Your Hands Fact Sheet

PDF DocumentWash Your Hands Fact Sheet - Spanish


PDF DocumentWhat to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PDF DocumentWhat to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Chinese

PDF DocumentWhat to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Spanish


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Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services Documents

The documents on this website were taken from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website on February 29, 2020.  For the most recent version of these documents, please visit their site directly. 

PDF DocumentCoronavirus Disease COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

PDF DocumentGeneric Fact Sheet

PDF DocumentGeneric Fact Sheet - Spanish

PDF DocumentGeneric Fact Sheet - Arabic

PDF DocumentGeneric Fact Sheet - Simplified Chinese

PDF DocumentGeneric Fact Sheet - Traditional Chinese