Multiple mumps cases in a Delaware County school, and now students are being told to stay home. It’s happening in the Olentangy Local School District.
New numbers released Friday afternoon show there are now 244 cases of mumps in central Ohio, 151 of them are from The Ohio State University campus. That number also includes 27 cases in Delaware County
Now, students who attend one of six schools in the Olentangy district and haven't been vaccinated against the virus are being ordered to stay home for 25 days. Health officials say this is the best way to control the outbreak.
Julie Young is a parent to three boys in Olentangy schools. She said the mumps outbreak is concerning, “The first thing I did was check our forms and make sure all our vaccinations were up to date,” she said.
Suspected cases of mumps have been reported at six Olentangy schools, including Liberty Tree and Scioto Ridge elementary schools, Liberty and Shanahan middle schools and Olentangy and Liberty high schools.
Friday, the health commissioner said a second student at one of those schools now has a suspected case of the mumps, and the cases are connected.
“We just want to make sure now that we have more than one child and a link between them, we want to protect those that are the most vulnerable,” Shelia Hiddleson said.
That means the health department is ordering the students who attend that school and haven't been vaccinated to stay home for 25 days, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
An Olentangy district spokesperson said only the impacted parents and students have been notified, not all students in the school. Michael Straughter said the risk factor has not gone up for the students who are vaccinated, but it has for the five students in the school who are not protected against the virus. 10TV spoke with some parents who say they would want to know if more than one suspected case was reported at their child’s school.
Delaware County Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson said parents who do not wish to have their children vaccinated, must sign a form as proof of understanding that if an outbreak were to occur at the child’s school, the child may be asked to stay home.
A district spokesperson said of the roughly 18,000 students enrolled in the school district, about 1.5 percent, or 270 students are not vaccinated.