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4 Grand Junction area schools closed, more cleaned as illness spreads

Posted at 12:14 PM, Nov 20, 2019

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Two more western Colorado schools have closed for cleaning because of an unknown infectious illness spreading among students and staff.

Colorado Public Radio reported Tuesday that there are now four schools in Mesa County that have closed since the sickness appeared last week.

School officials say Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Clifton would be closed Wednesday and Juniper Ridge Community School in Grand Junction would be closed the rest of the week.

Officials say Palisade High School closed last week and has since reopened, while Mount Garfield Middle School closed Monday and is expected to open Wednesday.

County health officials haven’t determined the illness and urged parents to keep their children at home if they appear sick.

Officials say the main symptom is vomiting lasting between 12 and 24 hours.