Potential Norovirus Outbreak at Centerville Elementary

posted by Walt Perkins -

Centerville Elementary school on Bay Lane will be closed on Friday, May 18, due to a high volume of illness suffered by both staff and students alike.

Barnstable Public Schools Superintendent, Meg Mayo-Brown, says about 100 students and 30% of the staff are suffering from norovirus-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. As a result, the decision was made to close Centerville Elementary and thoroughly clean and disinfect the building. Brown says the first cleaning was done Wednesday night and a second round of disinfecting the facility will be done on Friday.

Brown says norovirus can only be confirmed through a medical exam of an individual and not through environmental factors. 

Officials expect the school to reopen on Monday.

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