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Several Tennessee schools closed due to the flu

Several middle Tennessee and Kentucky schools announced closings due to the flu or other illnesses.

The following Tennessee and Ky. schools reported closings for the school week of Feb. 6-Feb.10:

  • Stewart Co. Schools closed due to flu/illness.
  • Fentress Co. Schools closed due to flu and other illnesses. The district reported more than 250 kids and 50 teachers are absent.
  • Todd Co. Schools closed due to flu, strep and stomach virus.
  • Clay Co. Schools closed due to flu, strep and stomach virus.
  • Bradly County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Warren County
  • Marion County Schools
  • Monroe County Schools, Ky.
  • Smith County Schools closed Friday and Monday Feb. 13.
  • DeKalb County Schools closed Friday and Monday Feb. 13.
  • Humphreys County Schools
  • Maury County Schools closed Friday due to illness.

Tennessee's Van Buren County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to illness. Muhlenberg County, Ky. Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to a recent outbreak of the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tennessee joins 14 other states and New York City experienced high activities for influenza-like illness. The CDC listed these states in its weekly Flu View report: Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming.

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Transportation Director Eric Watkins said Stewart County Schools decided to close this week following a doctor’s recommendation.

This comes shortly after Muhlenberg County, Ky. schools said it will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to a recent outbreak of the flu. The district canceled all student activities, and classes will resume at their regular schedule on Feb. 8.

Van Buren County Schools in Tennessee also announced it would close Monday and Tuesday due to illness.

Last week, Bedford County and Overton County Schools in Tennessee were closed due to "excessive illness." Bedford County cited the flu as the reason behind their closure. Overton County cited several different illnesses.

In Kentucky, Clay and Todd counties are closing for the flu, strep and stomach virus.

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