Norovirus Spreads From Utah County To Jordan School District

Sep 7, 2018, 3:07 PM

WEST JORDAN, Utah – The highly-contagious norovirus has spread beyond Utah County and into the Jordan School District.

The Jordan School District notified parents of cases at Mountain Shadows and Fox Hollow Elementary Schools.

“Those two schools were cleaned and sanitized from one end to the other with special equipment last night,” said Sandy Riesgraf, Jordan School District Director of Communications. “We went a step further and got on our school buses, and we cleaned and sanitized them. We’re doing all we can and I’m sure we’ll repeat the process at some point again today.”

She added parents to need to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We don’t want parents to panic because it’s a stomach bug,” Riesgraf said. “It usually runs its course in three days, but you just need to keep kids home.”

The latest norovirus outbreak

This is just the latest in a string of norovirus outbreaks, and schools aren’t the only places seeing the bug.

In Ogden, officials worked to quell an outbreak that spread to between 40 and 50 people. Parents in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain were notified of an outbreak on Wednesday. And officals notified parents Thursday after an Orem student was confirmed to have the virus.

An ounce of prevention

Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea and is very contagious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People can pick up the virus from direct contact with an infected person, by touching contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Hygiene is a major factor in keeping the norovirus from spreading. Officials urged kids and parents to thoroughly wash their hands.

“Sanitation gel is not enough,” said Brian Bennion, Director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department.

Bennion spoke to KSL TV after the Ogden outbreak.

“You need to make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly,” he said. “You can use the gel in addition to. If you’re caring for people that are sick, it’s really important to do that.”

Officials with the Utah Department of Health said norovirus may be extremely contagious, but it is very common. However, they said the timing of this outbreak is odd. Outbreaks usually occur around January and February, and they are looking into the possibility that this outbreak may be a new strain.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Iron County Search & Rescue responded to a injured mountain biker at Boulder Dash Trail. (Credit: I...
Michael Houck

Search & Rescue crews help an injured biker near Cedar City

Iron County Search & Rescue helped a mountain biker who needed help after getting hurt on a trail Saturday morning near Cedar City.
19 hours ago
A minor apartment fire on 761 So. 300 E....
Michael Houck

SLC Fire crews take down a minor apartment fire

Salt Lake City Fire crews responded to a minor apartment fire Sunday afternoon.
19 hours ago
Utah's state Route 24 on June 23, 2022. (NPS)...
Larry D. Curtis

Flood watch over popular Utah recreation areas Sunday

A flood watch is in effect over central southern Utah, through Sunday night, as thunderstorms create potentially dangerous conditions.
19 hours ago
Hundreds of protesters marched in Provo for abortion rights....
Michael Locklear

Hundreds protest in Provo to demand abortion rights

A crowd of roughly 300 people gathered in Provo Saturday night to demand abortion rights.
2 days ago
A structure fire nearby the Rio Tinto Stadium. (Credit: Scott Jones)...
Michael Houck

Gymnastics business burns near Rio Tinto during RSL game

Sandy Fire crews battled against a 3rd alarm structure fire near the Rio Tinto Stadium during the Real Salt Lake game Saturday evening.
2 days ago
A head on crash between a pick-up truck and a car. (Credit: UHP)...
Michael Houck

Police: One man dead, one in hospital after a crash in San Juan County

One man is dead, and another person is in the hospital after a head-on crash in San Juan County, according to Utah Highway Patrol.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Norovirus Spreads From Utah County To Jordan School District