In Norovirus Aftermath, D51 Officials Take Coronavirus Precaution

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- School District 51 officials say they’re in regular contact with the county and state health departments for the latest information on the coronavirus.

D51’s director of school nurses says the district is better equipped to handle outbreaks after the norovirus incident. She says they’ve increased school disinfection during flu season, and improved district-wide communication regarding illnesses.

“If a school reaches a level of 10 percent absenteeism due to illness, then we have a team that specifically uses a machine that can disinfect, and we spray that entire school down,” said Tanya Marvin, D51’s nursing coordinator.

Marvin says the outbreak in November drove the school district to buy better disinfecting equipment.

“The norovirus pushed us, and we purchased, and now that’s standard practice.”

Tina Adams is a local mom of D51 students as well as a nurse. She isn’t too concerned about the coronavirus at the moment, but hopes to see necessary precautions taken everywhere.

She wants other local parents to know it’s all about healthy habits. She offers this advice for parents in D51 to tell their kids.

“Wash their hands. Not drink after other kids, not share beverages and food,” said Adams. “And just report symptoms if they start feeling ill.”

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