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Eastern Hancock flu outbreak

March 8, 2020


IMMUNITY.>>IF YOU NEED MORE PROOF THAT THE FLU IS A BIGGER ISSUE IN INDIANA RIGHT NOW. LEADERS AT EASTERN HANCOCK SCHOOLS ARE CANCELING CLASSES TOMORROW BECAUSE OF SO MANY STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO CAUGHT THE FLU. HERE’S OUR KAREN CAMPBELL WITH MORE ON THE STORY.>>Reporter: THEY ARE CANCELING CLASSES WEDNESDAY BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DEEP CLEAN EVERYTHING IN ALL THREE SCHOOLS. EASTERN HANCOCK SCHOOLS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WON’T BE BUSTLING WEDNESDAY WITH STUDENTS OR STAFF.>>I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT LATELY. A LOT OF TEACHERS TOO.>>JUNIOR EMMA WEIS, ALONG WITH 1200 OTHER STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, WILL BE LEARNING FROM HOME AFTER THE FLU SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL.>>THEY STARTED AFTER SCHOOL AND HAVE BEEN BLEACHING EVERYTHING.>>Reporter: THE BIGGEST CONCERN, AT THE HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THE ABSENT RATE TUESDAY REACHED 25%. THAT’S ABOUT 100 PEOPLE. IN AN E-MAIL TO EYEWITNESS NEWS, QUOTE, I CANNOT RECALL HAVING AN ILLNESSES-BASED SICKNESS RATE THAT HIGH IN MY 41 YEARS. THE ILLNESSES RANGE FROM BRONCHITIS, STREP THROAT, INFLUENZA A AND INFLUENZA B. PARENTS SAY BECAUSE IT’S FLU SEASON CLOSING SCHOOLS WASN’T A SURPRISE.>>I’M ACTUALLY GLAD THEY’RE BEING PROACTIVE AND TRYING TO STAY AHEAD OF THINGS RATHER THAN WAITING TO SEE IF IT GETS WORSE.>>Reporter: TEACHERS GIVING CONSTANT REMINDERS TO STUDENTS.>>THERE HAS BEEN A LOT MORE HAND SANITIZERS AROUND AND KLEENEX.>>I THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT’S BEEN ON THE NEWS LATELY WITH CRAFN AND WHAT NOT — CAN CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT NOT.>>Reporter: CLEANING CREWS BEGAN DISINFECTING PARTS OF THE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. ALL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, LIKE THE AFTERSCHOOL

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