North Carolina’s public schools told to remain calm, be prepared for coronavirus

This Centers for Disease Control photo shows an electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV.

In an attempt to curtail fear and panic over the coronavirus, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), has issued a statement urging North Carolinians to focus on the facts surrounding the virus.

NCDPI’s statement came  after “numerous inquiries” from school districts and parents about the potential impact of the virus on schools across the state.

Here’s what the NCDPI shared about the virus:

  • There are no cases in North Carolina.
  • The flu infects and results in many more deaths every year than we are currently discussing with 2019-nCoV.
  • The symptoms presented look much like a cold or early flu, and school nurses and schools are being advised to follow their same policies and procedures in place for responding to other communicable diseases.

Click on this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  link to learn more about the coronavirus.

State health officials reported 15 more flu deaths last week, which pushed the total to 115 for the 2019-2020 season.

There have been 2,462 deaths worldwide due to the coronavirus, according to the CDC. The United States has 14 cases diagnosed. An additional 39 cases have occurred among repatriated persons to push the current total to 53 cases in the U.S.

NCDPI officials said they are in contact with N.C. Division of Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. They are discussing and planning steps to take if the virus threatens North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the virus has devastated China. Mainland China has nearly 77,000  infections and there are more than 2,000 people dead.

The government has closed schools indefinitely and are ramping up online opportunities for students to continue their studies.


  1. Chris

    February 28, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Let’s make sure we’re considering whether statements like these are sourced with the Trump administration or, you know, science.

  2. Marie

    March 3, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Sounds like a Trump talking point rather than science to me. But hey ok

  3. VJP

    March 3, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Well, there’s a case now, and will be more soon enough. The best epidemiology information is coming from South Korea, because we know ZILCH from this administration.

  4. Darla S

    March 4, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    This article should either be removed or updated, as it is being shared on social media and is now not correct in facts.

  5. Kimberly Garney

    March 4, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Bird flu zila virus Ebola swine flu why is this any different?

  6. Moozie

    March 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    So it’s Trumps fault that a virus that was Concocted by the Chinese Government is Spreading World Wide ? What NONSENSE ! That is Like saying OBAMA Was Responsible for the EBOLA Breakout and AIDS ! We have had Flu Breakouts for as Long as I can remember ! All the WAY back to 1914, When the Spanish Flu Killed MILLIONS, Did ANYONE Blame the King of Spain ? GOOD HYGIENE and Some good Old Clorox Diluted with Water, if you are that paranoid ! Just a Comment BTW about the Schools ! They Close them and send the Kids Home because it May Rain, but If Something like This Comes our way ?

  7. Zoey

    March 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Some of the shallow minds blaming Trump for a virus is just plain absurd. I am more afraid of Democrats with this mentality in the White House than I am this virus.

  8. Rae

    March 6, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Moozie I don’t believe anyone said it was Trump’s fault. What I read is that they feel that this article has been down played in the same way Trump has down played the virus as a whole. Also why would anyone connect Obama and Aids? HIV has been an issue since the early 1900’s.and the first AIDS death in the US was in 1981 way before Obama. And regardless of who is to blame for this strand of the coronavirus precautions should be taken. Although less people have contracted this strand of the coronavirus than the flu, the death rate for those that do get it is higher than that of those who contract the flu. So if you get the coronavirus you are at a greater risk of dying from it then if you get the flu. Not saying we should panic, but we should take precautions and be prepared for major impacts as a result of the coronavirus, or any global pandemic, now and in the future.

Check Also

School employees in Durham, Lexington test positive for COVID-19

At least two employees of North Carolina school districts distributing food and instructional ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Dizni DeBerry, a Hillside High School senior in Durham, vividly remembers the week before schools cl [...]

A disciplined collegiate rower, Lindsay York is used to a structured, yet social life. Last fall, th [...]

WASHINGTON — It’s National Census Day. Organizations across the country are marking the occasion wit [...]

Criminal justice advocates and family members of incarcerated individuals have been warning state an [...]

It’s the sacred right of all Americans to complain about their government – even if they do so in de [...]

The post Safety net. appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

As we all confront the ripple effects of the an unprecedented pandemic throughout North Carolina, we [...]

Now is no time for North Carolina to double town on "fiscal restraint" As the health pande [...]