UPDATE: Davenport University's W.A. Lettinga will close from Thursday until Sunday.
"In the best interest of students, faculty, staff and community, Davenport University will be closing its W.A. Lettinga Campus Thursday through Sunday, with normal operations restarting on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. This closure affects all non-residential students, non-essential faculty and staff, and other W.A. Lettinga Campus visitors. All athletic events scheduled to occur on campus over the next three days also have been cancelled or postponed. "
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Kent County Health Department is investigating after up to 100 students at Davenport University reported symptoms consistent with norovirus.
According to a statement from Robin Luymes, executive director of communications at Davenport, the cases were first reported over the weekend at the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.
Those affected have been asked to remain isolated, whether they live on or off campus.
"The high contagiousness of this infection it's very easy to transmit especially at a university where we've got multiple students together in close settings," says Brian Hartl of the Kent County Health Department.
The university said it is following all health department recommendations -- including increased cleaning frequency in all buildings.
"We want students to heed those warnings, stay isolated, stay away from other people and get better," says Hartl.
Because Norovirus spreads very quickly and very easily person to person and by touching surfaces that are contaminated with vomit or stool, KCHD has made the following recommendations to Davenport University:
- Isolate all ill individuals in their rooms from onset of symptoms until 48 hours after symptoms cease.
- Provide in room food service for these individuals and provide appropriate cleaning agents and instructions for cleaning shared areas (such as dorm bathrooms).
- Have appropriate cleaning supplies available for all students as a preventive measure.
- Shut down or limit food service (i.e. provide box lunches) to allow for a thorough cleaning of the food service area (kitchen and seating areas).
- The most common symptoms of Norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A person may also have a fever, headache or body aches. Symptoms usually develop 12 – 48 hours after being exposed and most people will get better within 1- 3 days.
- A person infected may feel extremely ill. They may vomit or have diarrhea several times a day. This may lead to dehydration especially in young children, older adults and people with other illnesses.
- It is important to take in additional fluids if you notice a decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat or feel dizzy when standing up.
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