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Public Health guidelines for H1N1


Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling and Health Educator Brenda Pohlman updated the Fillmore County Commissioners on the vaccine for H1N1 and overall preparedness for control of the influenza at their September 1 meeting. Serfling noted that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has not given them definitive information yet. They still don't have specifics on when, if, where, or who will get the vaccine.

Serfling stated the H1N1 flu is "still out there and it hasn't changed in intensity so far." She explained cases that are bad enough to require hospitalization are tested to see which kind of virus the patient is suffering from.

The vaccine for the seasonal flu will be available soon. Serfling said it will be noticed in local papers and on television. People are encouraged to get the seasonal flu vaccine early. Commissioner Duane Bakke recommended that each individual receiving the seasonal flu vaccine be informed that it is not expected to provide protection against H1N1.

Using hand sanitizers and washing hands is extremely important to slow the spread of either strain of flu. Bakke asked about shaking hands. He recommended people refrain from the common courtesy in order to reduce exposure. Bakke suggested the CDC should put it out that it is OK not to shake hands. Serfling agreed it would be good to refrain from shaking hands. Commissioner Randy Dahl said that his church is offering hand sanitizers to be used prior to their "meet and greet" portion of the service where parishioners shake hands in greeting.

The primary warning to people to curtail the spread of a virus is to stay at home when sick and avoid contact with other people. Call your doctor first before going to an emergency room and describe you or your child's symptoms. Serfling added people should stay at home for twenty-four hours after the fever has dissipated without masking of drugs.

The symptoms of H1N1 might not be able to be differentiated from seasonal flu as they include: fever above 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting. It is stressed that individuals should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or cough into your arm rather than into your hand. It is recommended for people to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, as these are the areas where the virus spreads.

When H1N1 vaccine becomes available, it will at first be administered to targeted groups in .....
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New Fountain Sewage Treatment Plant Progressing

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill, McGhie and Betts engineering, reported progress on the sewer treatment plant is on schedule at the city's September 3 meeting. Most of the sewer pipe has already been installed. In the next couple of weeks all of the excavating in town ..... 
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Rushford Village special meeting

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Rushford Village held a special public meeting regarding outdoor/open burning on August 26, 2009.

Mayor Johnson welcomed the more than twenty citizens present and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to have an open disc ..... 
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Eagle Cliff bicyclists continue unsafe passage

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike McGrath addressed the Fillmore County Board about the continuing hazard along State Highway 16 for bicyclists traveling from Eagle Cliff Campground to the Whalan bridge at the board's August 25 meeting. At the last opportunity for citizens' inp ..... 
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Rushford City Council moves forward with City Center Project

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A presentation by the well-organized library board and its lead architect, Val Schute of River Architects, was the big event at the Monday, August 24, city council meeting. It was intended to ascertain the council's commitment in moving forward with ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses H1N1 flu and 800 mhz radios

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Issues involving radios and H1N1 flu consumed most of the city council meeting on Monday night.

John Dols of the Emergency Management Team briefed the council on a meeting he had gone to last week in Preston concerning the H1N1 flu. He repo ..... 
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Elementary School gets approval for storage building

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special sessio ..... 
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Emergency communication options weighed by county

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board held a special meeting on August 18 to review the pros and cons of three potential future emergency communication systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent US government agency responsible to cong ..... 
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Preston Council and utility review proposed contract extension

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met for a second week together on August 18 to study the analysis completed by R. W. Beck, Inc. The firm was tasked by Preston and several other communities that are currently members of th ..... 
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