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CalArts reopens with clean bill of health

Posted: November 6, 2013 4:58 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2013 4:58 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts reopened Wednesday following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing to rid its Valencia campus of a virus that sickened more than 60 people.

“We’re up and running, and making art, and it’s wonderful,” institute spokeswoman Margaret Crane on Wednesday.

The institute has been given a clean bill of health by officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“The total number of suspected norovirus cases reported to CalArts is 68,” campus officials reported on their website.

The outbreak of what county Public Health officials identified as norovirus occurred Oct. 29. On Friday night, the campus was shut down to contain the spread of the virus.

The virus caused severe vomiting and diarrhea but was not life-threatening, officials said. The last reported case was on Nov. 1.

School administrators are now re-scheduling any of the concerts or programs canceled in light of the institute’s temporary closure, Crane said, adding the campus now has an “A” rating.
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