Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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 discontinue face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year.

On June 30, the State of Michigan released the Return to School Roadmap that outlined requirements, strongly recommended and recommended practices for schools depending on the Michigan Reopening Phase by Region. Schools should follow Executive Order 2020-142

On August 20, the Governor signed the Return to Learn legislation, Public Act 149

On October 2, a portion of Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders were overturned in the Michigan Supreme Court. Eaton RESA will be adhering to guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) as both have implemented emergency orders including Mask Wearing and Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Limits

All the information provided on our website was taken from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. 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 Barry-Eaton District Health Department, MDHHS or the CDC websites. 

Practice preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often, for 20 seconds
  • Practice touching your face, less often
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Stay home if you are sick

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has complied a External LinkFrequently Asked COVID-19 Questions list. 

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 Coronavirus (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 the Coronavirus (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.