EUGENE, Ore. -- Meadow View School staff, administration and custodial services spent Friday sanitizing every surface after 26 people called out with norovirus-like symptoms.
Approximately 300 of 761 students stayed home Friday. Some parents said it was "out of an abundance of caution."
Principal Erika Case said their staff hit every classroom with a 3% bleach to 97% water solution, as recommended by Lane County Public Health.
"We started our efforts as soon as we found out," said Case. "We contacted our maintenance department, maybe four to six custodians came in, and we just started cleaning the entire building. We're trying to get into classrooms two to three times (to) sanitize."
UPDATE: 40 percent of students at Meadow View School did not show up today. It's unknown how many are actually sick. A @Bethel_Schools spokesman says some parents kept children out of school from an abundance of caution. Cleaners are going room-to-room fighting the virus. pic.twitter.com/YoNr8dZiPf
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Case said she hopes Meadow View is the school that stops norovirus in our community.
But it won't be easy.
Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health said this virus is persistent and not easily knocked out.
"It has a lot of qualities that we wish it didn't have," said Luedtke. "It's stable in the environment for long periods of time, so you could have norovirus on a table top like this, and three weeks later you could get sick from that table top."
Scientists said the norovirus is very durable and ingesting even 10 particles of norovirus can get you ill. To put that into perspective, to contract salmonella you need to ingest 100,000 or more to get sick.
In the meantime, school at Meadow View is business as usual and no activities have been cancelled in the wake of this outbreak.