All 46 schools in a western Colorado district have shut down due to a possible norovirus outbreak.
Schools in the Grand Junction-area school district will be closed down this week for “cleaning” as the illness has been spreading rapidly amongst staff and students.
District 51’s Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin, notes that the closure is unusual seeing that they’ve never had to close down all the schools before.
“We are taking this highly unusual action because this virus is extremely contagious and spreading quickly across our schools. In addition, it appears that there is now a second, related virus that is affecting students, some of whom have already been ill in recent weeks. The combination of the two has created an unprecedented spread of illness.”
The symptoms of the unknown infectious disease have included gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea. In several cases, fevers were also reported.
While county health officials are working on figuring out what this illness is, they’ve asked parents to keep their kids at home if they appear sick.
The schools will re-open after the Thanksgiving break next week.
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