GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
School closures throughout Mesa County are making national headlines.
District 51 saw more than 5,000 absent students and hundreds of parents voicing concerns over an unknown illness. The district chose to close all schools on Thursday until at least December 2nd.
It started last Thursday with 353 sick students missing school at Palisade High School. Then a week later 5,360 students were absent, and District 51 was put down in history for the first time all the schools had to close their doors due to illness.
Now, the 21,906 students that make up the district are home for the holiday break, and this is the very reason why Mesa County Health needs the community’s help to contain the outbreak.
Mesa County Health hosted Facebook live to talk about the illness, what’s being done, and how you can stop the spread.
Mesa County Health says the best way to protect your space is to use chemicals that specifically kill norovirus like plain old bleach, but the best way to protect yourself is also the easiest way.
Washing your hands is the first step, the simplest step, and the most effective step Mesa County Health recommends you take to prevent you from getting sick.