Rockdale County polling place moved due to possible norovirus outbreak

Rockdale County voters assigned to vote at Honey Creek Elementary School will have to cast ballots in Conyers Tuesday, officials say.

But voters have an extra 45 minutes, now, until 7:45 p.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.

A possible norovirus outbreak was reported last week at the elementary school, which is located at 700 Honey Creek Road, said Cindy Ball, a spokeswoman for Rockdale County Publice Schools.

While “a stomach bug” kept kids out school, Ball said the elementary school was never closed.

“We took preventative measures when we started noticing kids were getting sick,” Ball said.

The decision to move the polling place was not made by the school, Ball said, but done by the Board of Elections and Registration Office out of an abundance of caution for the 1,897 voters assigned to vote at Honey Creek.

Voting for the Honey Creek Voting Precinct has been temporarily moved to the Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration Office, located at 1400 Parker Road, Lobby B, in Conyers, according to a statement released by the county.

Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus that spreads through food, water or close contact with other people. The virus can spread quickly in closed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools and cruise ships, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most norovirus outbreaks happen from November to April in the United States, according to the CDC.

The Board of Elections and Registration Office asks the voters of the Honey Creek Precinct to contact the office should they have any questions or require additional information.

For further information, contact the Rockdale Board of Elections & Voter Registration Office at (770) 278-7333.