District takes proactive steps to fight highly contagious Norovirus

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Sacramento City Unified School District’s Student Support and Health Services Department is taking proactive steps to fight the highly contagious Norovirus which has hit Sacramento and Yolo Counties. While the district has yet to confirm a case, high numbers of students and some staff have experienced suspicious symptoms at 29 schools. Those symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps and/or diarrhea. Anyone experiencing those symptoms should not return to their school or office until they are symptom-free for two days. Students and staff should report their child’s or employee’s illness to their principal or supervisor.

If you have suspicious symptoms, please:

  • Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing or handling food.
  • Hand sanitizers are not effective against the Norovirus and should not be used as a substitute for washing with soap and water. Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.
  • After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a chlorine bleach solution (3/4 cup chlorine bleach per one gallon of water). Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool (feces).
  • You should handle soiled items carefully and gently. Wear rubber or disposable gloves while handling soiled items. Wash your hands immediately after. Wash the items with detergent at the maximum available cycle length then machine dry them.

Question about Norovirus can be direct to our Health Services Department at (916) 643-9412.