Posted: 02.06.2020

2019-Novel Coronavirus Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are the local health departments committed to providing key and timely information.  Below is a statement received this morning from Texas DSHS.


As you may know, the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China and has since expanded to other countries from returning travelers from China.  For any public health concerns, including 2019-nCoV, DSHS is the point of contact for guidance and recommendations to control and prevent infectious diseases.  For more general and updated information regarding Coronavirus, please visit and Additionally, CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the People's Republic of China (this does not include the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, or the island of Taiwan).


At this time, the Texas DSHS's position is that influenza (flu) is of much more concern locally than Coronavirus.  The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure.  The CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of influenza, 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 hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.



Tonia Ramaker, RN BSN

Coordinator of Health Services for Aransas County ISD

Campus Nurse – Fulton Learning Center