COVID-19 Disease Information

Covid-19 Disease Information

Information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for K-12 Schools

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing Q&A information below for Connecticut schools in response to the quickly evolving novel (new) coronavirus, (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand internationally.

In our efforts to bring schools and communities the latest information, DPH and local health departments and districts are participating in weekly national conference calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are also holding weekly state conference calls to exchange information impacting the state and local communities.

Education is vital in our efforts to reduce the spread of this and any illness. Outbreaks involving novel coronaviruses evolve quickly and recommendations from public health officials may change frequently as new information becomes available. Please check the following websites often for updates...

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Due to the information on the Coronavirus changing daily we are providing links to information on the CDC website so you have the most up to date information.

Latest Updates

Prevention and Treatment

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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

  • Stay home when you are sick.

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


  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

How It Spreads

Planning to travel for spring break

Specific Communication from CDC regarding children.

Frequently Asked Questions


Updates from Derby