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Eaton Rapids school employee in self-quarantine after traveling to Italy

Posted at 3:45 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 15:45:57-04

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. — The Eaton-Barry District Health Department is monitoring a potential coronavirus concern at an Eaton Rapids school district after an employee traveled to Italy and then went to work.

The department says the employee works for Greyhound Intermediate School in Eaton Rapids and went to the school on Monday after traveling to Italy. People who return from countries with widespread transmission of COVID-19 like Italy, China and Iran are advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Health officials said the employee is not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus and will be in self-quarantine for the rest of the 14-day period. The risk to students, staff and visitors at the school is considered minimal.

People who came into contact with the employee do not have to go under home quarantine at this time.

To avoid spreading illnesses, health officials recommends:

  • Washing hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched with an EPA-approved cleaner

Up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak can be found online from the State of Michigan or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.