Gastrointestinal Illness – Don’t Share It

Multiple Orca students have reported gastrointestinal illness. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been in contact with the Orca K-8 school and has begun a collaborative investigation & response plan.

The symptoms have been similar to those of norovirus, a common cause of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks. People who have norovirus infection are typically sick for 1-2 days (though some may not totally recover for several days). Because norovirus infection is easily transmitted from person to person, we recommend you follow these guidelines to prevent spread:

 Frequently wash your hands, especially after toileting and before eating or preparing food. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.

 Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with feces or vomitus (use hot water and soap).

 Persons who are experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness can be contagious for a few days after they are feeling better. Therefore, students should not attend class and staff should not work until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.


If you have symptoms of a more serious illness, please contact your health care provider. For more information about norovirus, including the fact sheet in different languages, go to our website at


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