March 18 2019
ASTORIA, Oregon - Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa will keep kindergartners through sixth-graders at home Tuesday and Wednesday to help stem a flu outbreak that has affected an estimated 43 percent of students, along with several teachers and staff.
The flu outbreak at Hilda Lahti began last week. Superintendent Paulette Johnson said some classes at the elementary school on Monday were down to four healthy students.
"The health department's take on it is if you can't function as a school, close it," Johnson said.
The school district met with county and state health officials Monday and decided to close.
Clatsop County Public Health Director Michael McNickle said there were no other school districts in the county reporting abnormally high rates of flu infection.
Columbia Memorial Hospital's director of nursing Kendra Gohl says the incidence of influenza this winter has been higher than in the last couple of years and largely affecting younger populations.