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Schools Brace For Potential Coronavirus Cases

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Brian Bull
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To date, no coronavirus cases have been reported in the Eugene-Springfield area. And while the risk of contamination is low, school officials are warning families to be prepared.

Kerry Delf of Eugene’s 4-J District says they’re closely monitoring the situation, with no current plans to close any schools. She says families can help prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, which includes coronavirus.

“It’s important to stay home when you’re sick and cover your cough and wash your hands frequently, but there’s also other things that are good things for community members to be thinking about, in case of any eventuality," Delf tells KLCC.

"And that includes establishing a childcare plan in the case your kids need to stay home from school.  Learning about your employer’s sick leave and telecommuting policies, what your options are.”

School officials add that the novel coronavirus began spreading in China, and that’s caused some Asian-Americans to be bullied and discriminated against…which goes against district policies.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.