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Boys and Girls Clubs closes for deep clean during flu season

ALPENA, Mich. — With the sick season ravaging students in northeast Michigan, the Boys and Girls Club is dealing with the effects.

Today, the facility was shut down for a deep cleaning. Executive Director of Alpena’s Boys and Girls Club, Bradley Sommers, says he’s seen sick kids come and go through the facility a lot lately, with many of them experiencing high fevers and cold symptoms. Sommers adds,

“We do encourage that if your kids are sick, just like we encourage our employees that if you’re sick, you should stay home because we don’t want to propagate any kind of an illness in our community. So, you know, being able to shut down for a brief period of time while people get rested and people get healthy and being able to really deep clean the facility, I think is a really good idea.”

Sommers says the deep clean was much needed with the severity of sickness that’s been moving through the area and causing schools to shut down. In addition to disinfecting the building, he says good hygiene is a major key to preventing the spread of germs.

“Really practicing positive personal hygiene, making sure you’re washing your hands, that you’re covering your mouth when you cough. You know, doing some of those common practices can eliminate some of these threats as well.”

The Boys and Girls Club will reā€“open for normally scheduled activities on Tuesday.