Dozens sickened in Montrose County

Montrose County health officials are working to control a "norovirus-like illness outbreak" after approximately 80 people have been reported sick in recent weeks.

The majority of cases are occurring at a local elementary school, according to spokeswoman Katie Yergensen.

Yergensen would not identify the elementary school, but said parents at the school have been informed of the illnesses.

"Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread quickly in settings where people come in close contact with each other such as schools, childcare centers and summer camps," Yergensen said in a statement.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps. While most people get better in one to three days, the virus can make people feel "extremely ill."

Anyone who is sick should stay home and not prepare food for others until at least two days after symptoms have ended.

For questions or to report a case, contact Montrose County Health and Human Services at 970-252-5000.

Snowpack delivers

COLORADO SPRINGS — Officials say Colorado's snowpack this year could recover the state's hydrological system following last year's drought.

The Gazette reports federal data shows the snowpack in the state's southwest corner at 19.5 inches, 220% of the median snowpack Tuesday.

Colorado Climate Center climatologist Becky Bolinger says the state's soil, reservoirs, rivers and streams could likely see recovery following the snow and cold that arrived in February and March.

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