Meadow View reports norovirus outbreak; one case confirmed

A case of norovirus has been confirmed at Meadow View School, officials say, and many more are out with similar symptoms.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 4:53 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 5:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A case of norovirus has been confirmed at Meadow View School, officials say, and many more are out with similar symptoms.

At the Bethel school, 21 students and three staff members could have the contagious virus, though only one has been officially diagnosed, said district spokesman Pat McGillivray. Many of those sick are in the fifth grade.

The kindergarten to eighth grade school has 771 students.

The district has been in communication with Lane County Public Health and has used a bleach and water formula to disinfect the fifth-grade classrooms at Meadow View, according to an email from the school to parents. Other classrooms were also set to be disinfected.

Teachers remind students to wash their hands regularly. Those with symptoms of norovirus -- such as vomiting and diarrhea -- should consult a health care provider, county officials said. 

Students who are sick should be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to class.

Meanwhile, another Bethel school, Irving Elementary, is facing an outbreak of flu-like symptoms.

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