School district closes Longview Elementary after norovirus outbreak | Families
Moses Lake School District has closed Longview Elementary School for tomorrow after an outbreak of a stomach-flu like viral sickness.
Nearly 25 percent of the students are sick right now and the Grant County Health District says that it's likely more will start experiencing symptoms. GCHD wants people experiencing fever, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting to stay home for a minimum of 48 hours because norovirus-like illness are very infectious.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and hot water often if you are sick or are caring for someone who is. GCHD also suggests disinfecting any surfaces that may be contaminated especially those in bathrooms. Hand sanitizers should not be used as a substitute for soap and water.
The health district is working closely with the Moses Lake School District to clean and disinfect Longview Elementary School. Is it unknown when classes will resume.
If you have questions or concerns please contact the Grant County Health District Moses Lake Office at (509) 766-7960