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UPDATE: CalArts campus gets another day for sanitizing

Posted: November 4, 2013 12:24 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 5:32 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts officials have given cleaning crews one more day to disinfect classrooms and other common areas following three days of scrubbing and sanitizing in a bid to rid the campus of a bug that sickened at least 16 people.

In an online announcement posted on the school’s website late Monday afternoon, school officials said: “The CalArts administration has decided to keep the campus closed at least through the end of day Tuesday, Nov. 5, so that the crews are given ample time to finish their processes thoroughly.

“While the administration is optimistic that the gastrointestinal illness is on the wane, the decision has been made in the abundance of caution,” the posting said.

The campus was closed at the end of day Friday after the illness erupted Wednesday, affecting at least 16 students with violent reactions. Initial reports said it would reopen Tuesday.

Since its closure crews have moved through the campus cleaning and disinfecting offices, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, common areas and outbuildings, including all bathrooms, according to the CalArts website.

Los Angeles County Public Health officials suspect the affliction, which made at least 16 students violently ill, was caused by the norovirus, which can quickly make a person very sick and takes a few days to work through a person’s digestive system, according to a news release from the department. It is not considered life-threatening.

“While a number of CalArts students, faculty and staff continue their recovery from last week’s fast-moving virus, the institute’s dedicated facilities team has been working nearly nonstop to conduct an intensive cleaning of the main building during the CalArts shutdown,” reads a posting on the school’s website.

The arts school added 24-hour health services staffers who can be reached in person or at 661-253-7830.

The site posted no specific date for the school’s reopening.
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