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Newton County school closed due to gastroenteritis
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NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Newton County elementary school will be closed on Friday due to an outbreak of gastroenteritis, officials said.

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According to Newton County Schools spokesperson Sherri Davis-Viniard, Oak Hill Elementary School in Covington is closed Friday for students and staff.

Davis-Viniard said 706 students are enrolled at Oak Hill, and more than 80 were absent today. Some teachers were absent due to sickness as well.

The Newton County Health Department recommended the closure after a large number of Oak Hill students showed symptoms of the virus.

Gastroenteritis can cause diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Health officials recommend the following steps to protect your family from the illness:

· Watch your child and members of your family to see if they develop diarrhea, and/or vomiting.

· If your child develops diarrhea, contact your child's physician. Inform your doctor that students diagnosed with gastroenteritis attend your child's school.

· Encourage your child and family members to thoroughly wash their hands before preparing or eating food, after using the toilet, and upon returning home from school in the afternoons.

· Alcohol-based hand sanitizers often are NOT effective against these types of viruses so be sure to use soap and water when washing your hands.

The school plans to reopen on Monday, but administrators are urging parents, if your kids develop vomiting and diarrhea on Sunday, to keep them home on Monday -- check with their doctor, and make sure they drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. And the health department says with that type of care, the bug would go away in a few days.

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