Another elementary school in Rockdale County closes on Friday after dozens more fighters have been fought with suspected noroviruses.
Shoal Creek Elementary in the central part of the county stopped teaching after two days with a high number of absences. On Wednesday, 90 students and one employee were sick, and on Thursday, according to the school system, this number increased to 120 students and five employees.
Cindy Ball, a spokeswoman for Rockdale County Public Schools, said the county health ministry suspects that the norovirus is responsible for the disease.
According to the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus causes gastric or intestinal inflammation and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. A person usually develops symptoms 1
Pine Street Elementary north of Conyers was also closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to suspected Norovirus. The school was open on Friday, Ball said.
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Ball said the school system, like Pine Street, worked closely with the health department to ensure that all recommended cleaning protocols were followed in Shoal Creek.
By closing the school on Friday, she said, "It allows a thorough cleaning to continue and also provides the opportunity to break the transmission cycle." Shoal Creek is expected to reopen on Monday.
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