The Boyle County Health Department received confirmation Tuesday of an H1N1 case involving a Junction City Elementary student.
On Monday, Boyle County schools Superintendent Mike LaFavers decided to close Junction City Elementary School for the rest of the week because the number of students absents with flu-like illnesses had doubled over the weekend. More than 80 of the school's 353 students were absent. About 17 of the school's staff also were absent because of illness.
Rebecca Judy, public health preparedness coordinator for the Boyle County Health Department, said this is Boyle's third confirmed case of H1N1 virus.
"This case was tested and it was confirmed," Judy said. "The child was tested by her healthcare provider."
It's possible that other people had H1N1 but the cases were not confirmed.
"The current recommendation from the state health department is we do not test every single person, because the lab would be overwhelmed," Judy said. "But the H1N1 virus is the predominant strain that is circulating."