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 https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. 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:
Tonia Ramaker, RN BSN
Coordinator of Health Services for Aransas County ISD
Campus Nurse – Fulton Learning Center