Lodi Schools To Remain Closed Until May 26

by Free Speech on May 20, 2009

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Lodi, WI-5/20/09

Lodi High School Will Close May 21st and 22nd
Lodi Primary, Elementary and Middle and High Schools Will Reopen on May 26th

Lodi High School will be closed May 21st and May 22nd.     Lodi Primary, Elementary, Middle and High 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 close the High School on May 21st and 22nd due to the increased incidence of influenza like illness of students throughout the school day on May 20th.  All primary, elementary, middle and high school co-curricular activities are canceled in conjunction with school closures.

As of May 20, 2009, Columbia County has twenty- five (25) reported cases of Novel H1N1.

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 hand 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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