Flu cases increase in Jasper City Schools

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 2/7/19

Nearly 80 Jasper City Schools students have been diagnosed with flu this week.Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson told the Daily Mountain Eagle Wednesday afternoon that 78 children out of the district's …

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Flu cases increase in Jasper City Schools

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Nearly 80 Jasper City Schools students have been diagnosed with flu this week.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson told the Daily Mountain Eagle Wednesday afternoon that 78 children out of the district's over 2,700 students had tested positive for flu since Monday, with 24 of those being diagnosed Wednesday.

"Our percentage is still pretty low, but we're watching it everyday," Jackson said.

Two weeks ago, 17 cases of flu had been reported at Jasper High and Jasper Jr. High schools, with a few isolated cases at other schools; however, Maddox Intermediate School now has the most confirmed cases. 

Jackson reported 32 Maddox students have been diagnosed with flu since Monday. As a stark contrast, no students at T.R. Simmons Elementary missed school Wednesday due to a flu diagnosis.

Fogging has occurred at some city schools to disinfect the environment, and Jackson said  teachers and staff at all schools have been sure to disinfect desks and other shared spaces and items.

"The teachers are being very diligent in making sure kids are using sanitizer and washing their hands," Jackson added.

The one message Jackson said she would like to stress is for anyone in Jasper City Schools who has been diagnosed with flu to stay home to prevent the spread of the infection.