Health Services

Dear Families,                                              April 20, 2020

Please be aware that during the school closure I will continue to be available to assist students and families. Feel free to contact me on my work cell phone during usual school hours if you have questions regarding health concerns, or need help accessing medical resources for your family.

Stay Healthy!

Sonja Bittner RN
Sequim School District Nurse
(360)477-7728
sbittner@sequimschools.org

Long time Sequim physician, Dr. Charles Sullivan MD, addresses important information about face masks for Sequim Fire District 3.



Just remember that fabric face masks are not as effective as CDC-approved ones like surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Keep in mind that hospital approved N-95 respirators are only recommended for health care professionals working directly with patients. You should still practice social distancing by staying at home as much as possible and follow other recommendations, like the six-foot rule to keep space between yourself and others.



making a no-sew face mask at home without having to buy new supplies:

  1. Lay out a bandana or cut a 22"x 22" square of cotton fabric
  2. Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square (optional)
  3. Fold the top and bottom in towards the center
  4. Place a twist tie, paper clip, or other metal piece close to the top (optional)
  5. Fold the top and bottom in towards the center
  6. Fold the sides in towards the center, placing your ties at the folded crease. If you're using rubber bands or hair ties, loop these around the fabric. If you're using shoelaces or string, place the center of the string in the folded crease and pull the straps tight
  7. Tuck one end of the fabric into the other
  8. Lift the mask to your face and secure the straps. For hair ties and rubber bands, loop them over each ear. For shoelaces and string, tie them behind your head
  9. Adjust as needed, making sure your mouth and nose are completely covered



Clallam County Public Health
 is tracking our community concerns closely. Please go to this website for the most up to date information: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/


Allergy Symptoms VS COVID-19 Symptoms

Throughout the US, pollen has started to bloom and cause typical symptoms in those with allergies right as we have seen the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Allergies typically cause nasal symptoms such as a runny nose and sinus congestion but do not usually result in a fever, as is found with coronavirus or the flu. While some symptoms of the coronavirus overlap with allergies, there are several differences. 

It’s important to note that this article is not intended to provide comprehensive medical advice. If you have concerns, please always contact your doctor and use general best practices

The Symptoms Of The Coronavirus Are:

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Coronavirus is spread through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact. We recommend following the CDC guidelines and those of your local health department to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Symptoms Of Allergies Are:

Symptoms of seasonal allergies range from mild to severe and occur seasonally. The most common include:

  • sneezing
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • watery and itchy eyes
  • itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
  • ear congestion
  • postnasal drainage

Less Common Symptoms Include:

  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • coughing

Allergies are caused by a response in the immune system and are not contagious. Medications can treat your symptoms, and immunotherapy can help those with allergies find relief. 

Take a look at our comprehensive chart below detailing the differences between the flu, allergies, and cold. 

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Allergy

Fever

Rare

High 101-104
Last 3-4 days

Absent

Headache

Rare

Prominent

Common

Aches & Pains

Slight

Usual, Often
Severe

Never

Fatigue,
Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to
2-3 weeks

Common

Extreme
Exhaustion

Never

Early and
Prominent

Usual

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Common

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Common

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Common

Chest
Discomfort,
Cough

Mild to
Moderate
Hacking cough

Common
Can be
Severe

Sometimes

Complications

Sinus congestion
Or earache

Bronchitis,
Pneumonia;
Can be
Life Threatening

Asthma,
ear infections,
Sinusitis,
Nasal polyps

Prevention

None

Annual vaccination,
Antiviral Drugs

Controlling
environment

Treatment

Only temporary
Relief of
Symptoms

Antiviral drugs
24-48 hours after
Onset of symptoms

Controlling
environment,
Medications,
Allergy
injections

Occurrence

3-4 times yearly

Once yearly

Seasonal/
Repeatedly

New Community Response Help Line, for more information please click on the link below:

Clallam County Offers Assistance

 

Sequim School District
Health Services Staff
Contact Us

School Nurse 
Sonja Bittner BSN, RN
sbittner@sequimschools.org
360-477-7728

Health Services Specialist 
Ardis Mangano
ardisann@sequimschools.org
360-670-6589

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cherie Hendrickson
cherson@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cassie Cobb
ccobb@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Middle School Health Clerk
Jennifer Meysenburg
jmeysenburg@sequimschools.org
360-582-3509 

High School Health Clerk 
Celene Frick
cfrick@sequimschools.org
360-582-3604

Greywolf Health Clerk
Jane Sallee
jsallee@sequimschools.org
360-582-3305