Due to a contageous virus transmitted among students and staff members, district administrators have closed all 46 schools for cleaning until after next week's Thanksgiving break. "The second version also causes fever in several cases", the district statement said. Officials also believe there is now an additional strain of the virus affecting some students who were previously sick.
Based on the Mesa County Public Well being Division, greater than a dozen colleges within the state's 14th largest district recorded elevated absences "attributable to sickness and varied incidences of vomiting in public areas of the colleges".
Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea and vomiting that lasts between 12 and 24 hours.
Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin stated within the assertion that "We're taking this extremely vital motion as a result of this virus is extraordinarily infectious and spreading quick throughout our colleges".
Earlier this week, the district had announced that four schools - Rocky Mountain Elementary, Juniper Ridge Community School, Palisade High School and Mount Garfield Middle School - closed because of the virus. "The combination of the two has created an unprecedented spread of illness", Marvin added.
Norovirus is a highly contagious bug that causes diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms, and can spread quickly in public places. Norovirus is found in the poop or vomit of an infected person and can be spread by coming into contact with it by touching someone who is contaminated, consuming infected food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus sheds billions of particles but only requires a few to make people sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a statement, the Superintendent of Schools for the West Grand School District said they were experiencing a "sharp rise" in health issues, "most related to a gastrointestinal issue or an upper respiratory issue". "Of course, this is something we're keeping a close eye on".