Queen Asst. Principal "Critically Ill" with Swine Flu; 3 Schools Close (UPDATE: 3 Schools Shut All Next Week)
The Mayor is expected to speak on this to the press soon and we'll update when he has.
Update: Bloomberg just appeared with Governor Paterson and health officials and made an announcement that "I had hoped we could avoid": the three closed schools, which have "an unusually high number of flu-like symptoms," will remain shut all next week, though swine flu has only been confirmed at I.S. 238. Also, city hospitals are reporting a high incidence of suspicious flu cases. He added that the stricken assistant principal may have been suffering from other health problems that are impacting her reaction to the disease, but this is not confirmed. "Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze; if you're sick, stay home."
Paterson told us to "remain alert rather than alarmed" and sent out "best wishes for a speedy recovery" to all swine flu sufferers.