Officials with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have confirmed their first case of probable swine flu, resulting in the closure of a San Ramon elementary school. District spokesman Terry Koehne said that Coyote Creek Elementary School will remain closed this coming week, after a student was diagnosed with the H1N1 swine flu virus. District officials informed parents of the closure Friday evening via e-mail.
Koehne said that they were informed by the Contra Costa County Health Department at 7:30 p.m. Friday night of the case at Coyote Creek. Both the school and the attached day care facility will be closed throughout the week. Koehne said the earliest the school will reopen is May 11, and the closure could be extended at the direction of county health officials.
County Health officials updated their information at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, to say that Contra Costa County had eight probable cases of swine flu and five schools closed, including:
Brentwood Elementary School, Brentwood
Coyote Creek Elementary School, San Ramon
Highlands Elementary School, Pittsburg
Lone Tree Elementary, Antioch
Shore Acres Elementary School, Bay Point
Brentwood Elementary was closed after a student tested probable for H1N1 on Saturday. Coyote Creek Elementary School in San Ramon, Lone Tree Elementary in Antioch and Shore Acres Elementary School in Bay Point also will closed starting Monday after a student at each of these schools tested probable for swine flu on Friday. Coyote Creek had an additional case test probable on Saturday.
"All these children are recovering at home," reported County Officials. "These schools could be closed for at least one week and as long as two weeks. Highlands Elementary School in Pittsburg was the first school closed on April 29 after three students tested probable for swine flu.
"Contra Costa Public Health continues to investigate reports of cases of flu-like symptoms and will provide information on probable swine flu cases as they are identified. This is a rapidly evolving situation and guidance may change."
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