Norovirus Outbreak Alert

SCHUYLER, Neb. – State health officials have issued a norovirus advisory.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 20 cases of norovirus, commonly known as stomach flu, have been confirmed or suspected in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes since last November.

“We receive this alert quite frequently, says CHI Quality Care Specialist Patricia Jakubowski. “ We don’t want to scare anyone; we don’t want to cause any panic. We just want to put general information out there to promote good health.”

Experts recommend people practice good hygiene to help prevent any outbreaks.

“Some of the noroviruses cannot be knockout by sanitizers only,” Jakubowski adds, “ certainly soap and water is the very best thing to do.”