High School Reopens, Middle School Closed Until 5/26

by Free Speech on May 19, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Lodi High School Will Reopen on May 20th

Lodi Primary, Elementary and Middle Schools Will Reopen on May 26th

Lodi High School will reopen on May 20th. Lodi Primary, Elementary, and Middle Schools will reopen on May 26th, following the Memorial Day Holiday. Further updates will be posted to the Lodi School District website: www.lodi.k12.wi.us and the Columbia County Health and Human Services website www.co.columbia.wi.us.
Susan Lorenz, Columbia County Health Officer, in consultation with Wisconsin Division of Public Health, and Mike Shimshak, Lodi District Administrator, decided to keep the primary, elementary and middle schools closed due to the high incidence of influenza like illness in those three school buildings and the multiple confirmed cases of Novel H1N1 among students. All primary, elementary, and middle school co-curricular activities are canceled in conjunction with school closures.
As of 5/19/09, there are no confirmed cases of Novel H1N1 in Lodi High School. Lodi School District will continue to coordinate with Columbia County Health and Human Services regarding absentee rates, symptoms of absentees, and recommendations for management of schools.
Columbia County has fourteen (14) reported cases of Novel H1N1. Eleven (11) of the reported cases are children that attend Lodi Elementary School, Lodi Middle School or Lodi Primary School.
Any individuals with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner. Individuals who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from work or school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
Asymptomatic contacts of ill patients, including contacts of patients with probable or confirmed novel influenza (H1N1)/2009, are not restricted in their activities in the community. However, they should assess their own health frequently, and if they become ill, they should immediately be subject to the same restrictions as currently indicated for ill persons.

Ways to stay healthy and to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu include:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
• Stay home when sick or have flu symptoms.
• Stay away from people who are sick
• Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough into your upper sleeve.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
• Frequently wash common surfaces.
• Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
Additional information can be found at the Columbia County website at www.co.columbia.wi.us or by calling the Columbia County Health and Human Services prerecorded H1N1 flu hotline message at 608-742-9735.
You may also call 2-1-1 for information on the H1N1 flu. 2-1-1 service will provide information on prevention and community resources. Your call to 2-1-1 is free and confidential, and is available throughout Wisconsin. 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours 7 days per week.

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1 long island gal May 20, 2009 at 3:15 AM

i think closing of schools is beneficial to a lot of people and it is better to prevent swine flu. it may affect the education of the students but i think that would be better than making yourself infected with swine flu. we’ll just hope that the closure of schools will not be that long because that would surely be another problem.

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