'They are principally parents of children, children who are not necessarily symptomatic in any way, but parents who are concerned that their kids might have been exposed and simply want re-assurance.'
Aviles says there's been a 20 percent uptick in emergency room visits from adults, and a 50 percent increase in pediatric visits.
Earlier, Mayor Bloomberg defended his administration's process for deciding when to close a school.
'The issue here is not is absenteeism high, some parents are keeping kids at home. The issue is a large number of kids who show up to nurse with an actual fever.'
But he insists there is, quote, 'no checklist' that school and health officials use when closing a school.