Thursday, October 1, 2009

Important Notice Regarding H1N1 Influenza Virus

I wanted to give you an update and let you know that we do have a confirmed case of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), in the new Administration building.

We are taking a series of measures to limit the spread of H1N1 influenza as we do in fact have a confirmed case of the virus. The person diagnosed with H1N1 is doing well and is at home getting better, which is what each of us should do, stay home if we are sick.

This is a good time to remind everyone to take the following precautions to keep the spread of germs to a minimum.

Be sure to take infection-control measures below:

    1. When coughing (sneezing), cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or tissue or use your arm sleeve.
    2. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer FREQUENTLY. Please remember that sanitizing is not as good as washing your hands with soap, so WASH – WASH – WASH your hands.
    3. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
    4. Sanitize and wipe down your work area frequently.
  1. When you get the symptoms such as FEVER, and coughing, refrain from reporting to work to eliminate exposure to co-workers who may have family members in their home with compromised immunities.

Individuals should be aware that the symptoms of H1N1 or Influenza like Illness are as follows:



Sore throat

Muscle Aches

Joint Pain


Employees who knowingly report to work with symptoms, will have their temperature taken. If a fever is present, the employee will be sent home.

There will not be any special leave granted. Employees will be allowed to use their own sick leave. In addition, a variance will be submitted to the Board for consideration for absences that occur related to the H1N1 virus.

We will keep you posted with dates, times and places for flu vaccines and any additional information as we get it.


Shelly Lacy