By Andy Jenks -
RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - A Richmond daycare center is closed this week after students fell ill on Friday. The Richmond city health district is investigating at the "Friends Family Childcare Center."
Late last week, several children started throwing up, prompting the daycare center to send everyone home and close for all of this week.
The Friends Family Center in North Jackson Ward serves 65 children. On Friday, many of them were noticeably sick.
The illnesses were reported to the city health district, and today began the process of cleaning the building.
But, daycare staff decided the facility will remain voluntarily "closed" until December 1st.
The executive director of the center referred all questions to the city health department, which told us that 23 children and 3 adults reported gastrointestinal illness, probably caused by norovirus.