GAYLORD, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health is “99 percent sure” that a Norovirus outbreak is to blame for a number of students going home sick in Gaylord, Minn., according to the school’s principal.
On Wednesday, 178 students at Sibley East Elementary and Sibley East Junior High schools were reported absent. On Thursday, the number was 211 students. The two schools are in the same building and together house about 600 students.READ MORE: 5 St. Cloud Bank Employees Unharmed After Hourslong Hostage Ordeal; Ray Reco McNeary In Custody
According to the elementary school principal, not all the absences indicate sick students. Some were kept home to avoid catching whatever illness was afflicting other students.READ MORE: How Much Is A Mother's Work Worth?
The principal said the health department is still looking into the situation, and though they’re confident the outbreak was Norovirus, only lab test results will tell for sure.
The school underwent a thorough cleaning of every chair, desk and locker on Wednesday, according to the principal. The school’s gym floor, bleachers and buses are being cleaned today.MORE NEWS: COVID Restrictions: Walz To End Capacity Restrictions By May 28, Mask Mandate By July 1
No after school activities were cancelled, and school is set to go on as scheduled Friday.