High number of flu cases closes entire Ohio school district
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school system plans to reopen Tuesday after a high number of flu cases canceled classes for the entire district on Monday.
Close to one in four students at Zane Trace Local schools in Ross County in southern Ohio was sick, and staff were also feeling ill, said superintendent Jerry Mowery.
Mowery told The Chillicothe Gazette that the district canceled all classes and activities on Monday. Flu has also shut down other schools this year, including Miami Trace Local schools in southwestern Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 566 influenza-associated hospitalizations in the state the week of Jan. 12 to Jan. 18. That’s up from the 303 hospitalizations reported during the same week a year ago.