New cases of swine flu in Nassau Co.

May 19, 2009 10:06:18 PM PDT
The Nassau County Department of Health has confirmed thirteen new cases of swine flu.

One is a four-year-old child from Freeport, who is currently hospitalized. The child became ill on May 11 with fever, cough and congestion. The child and family traveled to Mexico.

The other 12 are students. Eight attend Memorial Junior High School in the Valley Stream Central High School District.

The district, anticipating a large student absenteeism rate there, decided to close Memorial Junior High School on Wednesday and Thursday, reopening on Tuesday, May 26.

All other district schools will remain open as there have been no confirmed cases at North High School, South High School or Central High School.

The remaining four students attend other schools within the community of Valley Stream, officials said.

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  • Nassau County Executive Suozzi and Nassau County Department of Health advise individuals to protect themselves and prevent the spread of illness by doing the following.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

    Schools Closed Because of Flu


  • IS 238 (Susan B. Anthony), Hollis - reopening May 22
  • PS 16, Corona - reopening May 22
  • P255 (located at PS 16), Corona - reopening May 22
  • IS 5, Elmhurst - reopening May 22
  • MS 74 (Nathaniel Hawthorne), Bayside - reopening May 26
  • PS 107, Flushing - reopening May 26
  • MS 158, Bayside - reopening May 26
  • IS 25, Flushing - reopening May 26
  • World Journalism Preparatory (located at IS 25), Flushing - reopening May 26
  • PS 233 (located at IS 25), Flushing - reopening May 26
  • PS 19 (Marino Jeantet School), Corona - reopening May 26
  • PS 32 (State Street School), Flushing - reopening May 26
  • PS 209 (Clearview Gardens School/544 students), Whitestone - reopening May 26
  • P9 (located at PS 209), Whitestone - reopening May 26
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School, Queens Village - reopening May 26
  • Holy Family School, Fresh Meadows - closed May 20
  • St. Joseph's Elementary School, Long Island City - reopening May 21
  • PS 35 (Nathaniel Woodhull/615 students), Hollis - reopening May 26
  • Merrick Academy Charter School (495 students), Queens Village - reopening May 26


  • Saint David's School, Upper East Side - reopening May 21
  • The Child School, Roosevelt Island - reopening May 21
  • PS 130 (Fernando De Soto/1,081 students), Chinatown - reopening May 26


  • IS 318, Williamsburg - reopening May 26


  • Horace Mann School, Riverdale - reopening May 26
  • South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts, Mott Haven - reopening May 26

  • Robert Waters Elementary School, Union City - reopening May 26


  • Memorial Junior High School, Valley Stream - reopening May 26

    The New York Department of Education has put a guide on its Web site for parents whose kids are home because their schools are closed. The link includes homework packets. CLICK HERE for the DOE guide.

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    For facts about influenza, and more information about swine flu, please visit the Health Department and CDC websites. Some specific resources:

    From New York City Health Department

    Facts about flu

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    General information about swine flu

    Swine Flu Case Definitions

    Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care

    Preventing the Flu