Health & Wellness Updates: COVID-19

USD 428 has developed this page to provide updates on the status of COVID-19 and our school community.

  • Our goal is to protect the health and safety of everyone in Great Bend Schools and in our community.

  • Updated information will be provided as it becomes available. Parents/guardians can watch for updates via email. This site will also be updated.

  • The USD 428 District Education Center will be available by phone, email or stop by the District Education Center during office hours (Summer Hours: M-Th, 7am - 4pm, Friday, 7am - 12pm)

Everyone can help protect the family

Everyone can help maintain a healthy community and reduce illness with simple healthy practices, adhering to travel guidelines and reducing contact with others when sick.

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Continue practicing preventive actions. This includes washing your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds; cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and avoiding touching your face.

  • Practice Social Distancing - Avoid large gatherings and maintain 6' of distance from others whenever possible.

COVID-19 Stability (Source: New England Journal of Medicine):

  • 3 Hours in Air

  • 4 Hours on Copper Surfaces

  • 24 Hours on Cardboard

  • 2-3 Days on Plastic and Stainless Steel

Understand the origin of COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on Jan. 21 in the state of Washington. This situation is rapidly changing and the CDC's COVID-19 in the U.S. webpage will have the most updated number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases.

This illustration, created at the CDC, is of the novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness COVID-19.