Valley Stream school closes due to swine flu

A Valley Stream school was temporarily shut down Wednesday after eight cases of swine flu were confirmed. Memorial Junior High School in Valley Stream will be closed until Tuesday. The school decided

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2009, 2:44 PM

Updated 5,539 days ago

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A Valley Stream school was temporarily shut down Wednesday after eight cases of swine flu were confirmed.
Memorial Junior High School in Valley Stream will be closed until Tuesday. The school decided to close on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of scheduled closures on Friday and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend.
There is also one confirmed case of swine flu at Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School and another at Howell Road Elementary School. However, the district says the health department has not advised closing those schools.
Many in the community say they?re concerned that even more children may be infected and are calling for the entire district to be closed.
Four other students within the Valley Stream area were reported to have swine flu. A 4-year-old from Freeport also has the virus, and officials say that child is being treated at a hospital.
Valley Stream Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Marc Bernstein says Memorial is the only school that's been closed and that the district?s other students should still be attending classes.
There are 38 confirmed swine flu cases in Nassau and 19 in Suffolk. Health officials are reminding residents to practice proper hygiene and avoid contact with any sick people. Ill residents are advised to stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.
All schools in the Levittown School District will be closed on Thursday as a precaution. School officials say several cases of the flu have been reported in the district, though none have been confirmed as swine flu.
A child who goes to preschool at the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside also has a confirmed case of swine flu. The center issued a statement saying it is closing for two days even though the health department didn't recommend it.
State: Not all suspected flu cases needtests (Newsday)


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