Georgia county cancels school due to illness

A north Georgia county is joining several others in southern Tennessee in closing their doors until a major illness blows over. Is Atlanta next?

The system joins several out of Tennessee experiencing 'flu-like illness' bad enough to cancel class

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. -- A north Georgia county is joining several others in southern Tennessee in closing their doors until a major illness blows over.

The Walker County School System announced that it will be closed on Thursday and Friday due to the "elevated number of absences among students and adults due to sickness."

Authorities posted to social media that they were having difficulty finding coverage for their classrooms as teachers and bus drivers came down with illness.

"This has created a supervision concern in our school buildings as we have taxed the availability of our current substitute teacher list," a school spokesman said.

The system is hoping the "separation from one another" will help the illness pass. And Walker County schools are not the only ones following this strategy.

The Times Free Press in Chattanooga reports that several Tennessee school systems including Bradley County, Cleveland City, Etowah City, Grundy County, Marion County, McMinn County, Notre Dame and Polk County are all closing through Friday due to the illness.

The newspaper said officials are describing the illness as "flu-like". The CDC reports that these types of illnesses typically peak in late January and early February and that Tennessee has been one of the hardest-hit states.


Preventing the flu

However, the CDC does have a number of tips to avoid catching or spreading the contagious ailment. These 6 tips are among the most beneficial:

  1. Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  2. Stay home when you are sick: If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  4. Clean your hands: Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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