Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates
Merion Mercy has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The school's Administrative Team, along with the support of other faculty and staff members, continues to evaluate the available information, data, and recommendations of health officials to determine how best to keep our community safe and healthy.
This page will serve as a central resource Merion Mercy community members. Links to school emails on this topic, other updates and information, and helpful resources will be posted here.
The school will also communicate with families, faculty and staff, and students regarding any significant changes to regular school operations, events, and trips.
- School Update from Mrs. Farrell (3/28/20)
- Information from the Student Support Team (3/20/20)
- Message from the School Nurses (3/17/20)
- Mobile Merion Mercy (3/13/20)
- Important Message (3/12/20)
- Transportation Alert (3/9/20)
- Updates on Coronavirus Disease (3/9/20)
- Monitoring COVID-19 from the Head of School (2/27/20)
- Important Message from the School Nurses (2/3/20)
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large, very common, family of viruses. Most often, human coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide.
How is it transmitted?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through
- the air by coughing and sneezing
- close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
Signs and Symptoms
Known human coronaviruses normally cause mild respiratory infections, such as the common cold.
Symptoms associated with the novel infection (COVID-19) include fever and cough with possible difficulty breathing.
No vaccine or specific treatment is currently available. Outside of seeking medical care, individuals who feel sick with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should stay home and away from others. Before seeking medical care, call the medical provider about symptoms and travel history.
The same prevention techniques work for all coronaviruses. You should:
- Use good hand hygiene: Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Limit the spread of germs and illness: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, etc.
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell. If you are not feeling better after 24 hours, seek medical guidance.
Our maintenance staff is taking extra steps to help limit the spread of viruses, including electrostatic cleaning, which is a method of disinfection that helps more effectively clean objects, surfaces, and hard-to-reach spots. We also increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the school.