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COVID-19 Information

March 4, 2023
Geary County Schools USD 475 will be following the latest COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and Geary County Health Department.

As COVID-19 evolves, its trajectory mirrors that of many novel viruses - initially severe, then becoming less dangerous over time. It now aligns with the behavior of common respiratory viruses. Consequently, our preventive measures have been adjusted accordingly. Here are the updated guidelines to protect yourself against respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, ensuring your health and safety.

Respiratory Virus Core Prevention Strategies
a. Stay up to date with immunizations
b. Practice good hygiene 
c. Take steps for fresh air

What to do if you have a respiratory virus? 
a. Seek health care promptly for testing and/or treatment IF you have risk factors for severe illness; treatment may help lower your risk of severe illness. 
b. You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

1. Your symptoms are getting better overall. 
2. You have not had a fever and are not using fever-reducing medication.

When you go back to your normal activities? 
a. Take added precautions over the next five days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors. 

b. Please keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were. 

All USD 475 schools as well as the Larry Dixon Center offer COVID-19 testing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Richard Rook, Infectious Disease Program Manager at 785-717-6890 or richardrook@usd475.org.

Contact Information
Richard Rook, Infectious Disease Program Manager
Phone: 785-717-6890
Email: richardrook@usd475.org