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COVID-19: Health Resources

Health Resources & Guidance

Best practices for how to protect yourself, when to take preventative action, and where to find more information.

Updated CDC Guidance

The CDC is releasing new guidance and recommendations as we progress through this pandemic. We'll update this section as information relevant to parents and students becomes available.

Cloth Face Coverings

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

Protect Yourself and Your Family

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Everyone can do their part to help control the spread of this emerging public health threat by following the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (colds, flu, COVID-19), including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e. social distancing).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Read CDC's interim environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations for community members and people isolated in home care. 
  • Get a flu vaccine.

Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
When and How to Wash Your Hands
► Dial 2-1-1 (Call 211NH hotline for general questions and to report symptoms).

State & National Resources

Documents and webpages provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website
NH Department of Health and Human Services website
► Dial 2-1-1 (Call 211NH hotline for general questions and to report symptoms).

Take Steps to Protect Others

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick around other people.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean all "high-touch" areas every day.

When to Self-Quarantine?

14-Day Self-Quarantine Recommendations for All Students, Faculty and Staff

► Travel

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).​

► Illness & Exposure

Anyone who has been exposed to a suspected or confirmed carrier of the COVID-19 virus or has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus should remain off school grounds for 14 days of self-quarantine. If you have flu like symptoms, we do not ask that you self-quarantine, but we do request that you remain off school grounds until the symptoms have retreated or you have received medical clearance.

What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine?

If you are asked to self-quarantine you should stay home — in your room, your apartment, or your house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your exposure to the virus either from a Level 3 country or from a person that tested positive for coronavirus.

Follow these guidelines for self-quarantine:

  • Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your health care provider
  • Stay in your room, apartment or house. 
  • Limit contact with other people as much as possible. This includes isolating yourself as much as possible from anyone living in your residence. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper arm or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage. 
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-quarantine. 
  • Keep your surroundings clean. The virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, but you should clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area. 

How to Report Your Absence

The student, or the student’s parent/guardian should contact the school’s absence line to report that the absence is due to self-quarantine.  A follow-up email message should be sent to the school principal or, at the high school, the appropriate Dean of Students.  The administrator will inform the student’s teacher(s) to initiate communication between home and school.

Staff and teachers should contact their direct supervisor.