CDC advises against closing schools during H1N1 outbreaks

first_img May 5 CIDRAP News story Regularly cleaning surfaces in schools with regular cleansers (bleach is not advised) Aug 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recommended today that schools should not close down during novel H1N1 influenza outbreaks, though they emphasized that the advice is a guideline and that decisions should be made based on local conditions. However, the officials said, some schools will be justified in closing if they have a high rate of infection or large numbers of students with the underlying conditions that make the virus more dangerous. “We hope no schools will have to close, but realistically, some schools will close this fall,” Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. See also: The advice affects the approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff who work in the more than 130,000 public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Separate advisories for colleges and universities, and for pre-kindergarten and early-childhood programs, are expected to be issued in the next few weeks. Conducting active screening for fever and other symptoms as students and staff enter school each morning More than 700 schools closed when H1N1 flu first struck in April and May. About 50 were in New York City, where the local outbreak was at least 800,000 cases. As New York City health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden oversaw those closings. But today, speaking as new director of the CDC, he said that additional information about the behavior of the novel virus has made school closings a choice rather than a necessity. Along with the advice on closings, which were published today on the CDC’s H1N1 flu Web page, the guidelines include new advice on when to allow ill students and staff to return to school: when 24 hours have passed with no fever, whether or not the person is taking antiviral drugs. Previously, federal guidance required flu patients to stay home for 7 days. The guidelines, composed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released at a press briefing by the Department of Health and Human Services, build on revised guidance that the CDC issued in May. Early in the pandemic’s spring wave, schools were told to close for up to 2 weeks, but the CDC changed its advice shortly afterward to say that schools should focus on keeping sick students and staff out of school. CDC Guidance for State and local Public Health Officials and School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year Asking students and staff with underlying conditions to stay home when flu is circulating locally Emphasizing hand-washing and covering coughs with tissues or shirt-sleeves Because closings may yet happen, school should prepare by getting temporary home-schooling plans ready, Duncan warned. Making sure that students and staff with high-risk conditions see healthcare professionals as soon as possible after they show symptoms The guidelines also advise: Technical Report for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators on CDC Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year Asking students and staff with ill family members to stay home for 5 days after the first household member falls ill “We know from the spring that where there was H1N1 there were very large explosive outbreaks in schools,” Frieden said in the briefing. “[But] we know more now about how it behaves; we know more about how to control it. It is now clear that closure of schools is rarely if ever indicated.” The new advice is being issued because “once you close a school, as we saw last spring, that creates a very significant ripple effect” on parents and businesses, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said during the briefing. Sending ill students and staff home, and holding them in rooms separate from the main student body until they can leave Schools can reasonably consider closing if they have large numbers of students who are medically frail or pregnant, or are in an area where the local outbreak is especially intense, or if the virus begins to cause more severe illness, he said. Otherwise, schools will need to rely on parents to keep children at home if they are feverish. But he cautioned that some of the spring closings in New York City were driven by children showing up to school with fever because their parents did not or could not keep them at home. If the fall flu wave involves more severe disease than what was seen in the spring, the guidelines also call for (among other steps):last_img read more

The Vižula Archaeological Park project was presented in Medulin

first_imgThe Info Day of the Vižula Archaeological Park project was held in Medulin, where the entire project of arranging the Vižula Archaeological Park was presented.The Vižula Archaeological Park project refers to an integrated investment in the arrangement of the Vižula Peninsula as an archaeological park for visitors, and in the development of tourist facilities, infrastructure and management and promotion systems based on cultural heritage. With this project, the Municipality of Medulin wants to position itself on the map of tourist destinations, not only as a destination of family tourism but also as a destination of cultural and archaeological tourism.The main goal of the Vižula Archaeological Park project is to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the Municipality of Medulin as a recognizable destination of cultural and historical tourism through thematically related investments based on the restoration and valorization of cultural heritage – an archaeological site from antiquity.The Mayor of Medulin, Goran Buić, presented the entire project and pointed out that the implementation of this extremely valuable project will preserve and revitalize the Archaeological Park Vižula and through thematically related investments based on restoration and valorization of cultural heritage – archaeological site, contribute to sustainable socio-economic development Medulin as a recognizable destination of cultural and historical tourism. “In addition to the extension of the tourist season, by creating a brand of cultural and historical destination and revitalization of the site, the residents of the Municipality of Medulin will thus get space for spending free time, educating children and recreation and walking. The project contributes to the extension of the tourist season, promotion and valorization of cultural heritage and has multiple benefits for the local community, locals and children. All project activities end on September 1, 2019, and locals and guests will enter the park as before completely free of charge, and only events, concerts, rental of AR glasses and accompanying events will be charged.”Said Chief Buic.Photo: City of MedulinVižula is an archeological site near Medulin, inhabited from the Neolithic to the early Middle Ages. century. God. In 1969, a part of the Neolithic settlement (shrub huts, covered with earth and mud) was excavated and explored (B. Baćić). Fragments of pottery and pieces of pottery (decorated with impressions of the edge of a shell or rows of stabs) date the settlement to a younger stage of the older Neolithic.The project was reported by the Municipality of Medulin on March 07.03.2016, 19.645.579,23. Call for project proposals “Preparation and implementation of Integrated Development Programs based on the restoration of cultural heritage”. The total value of the project is HRK 16.040.624,19, of which co-financing in the amount of HRK 01 was approved from the European Regional Development Fund. The project officially starts on September 2017, 24, and the implementation activities of the project will last for 01.09.2019 months until September XNUMX, XNUMX. years.last_img read more

Montgomery is Modified winner at Crystal

first_imgMilt Montgomery was the Saturday IMCA Modified winner at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)By Heather MitchellCRYSTAL, Mich. (July 14) – The story of Saturday’s Lane Automotive IMCA Modified main event at Crystal Motor Speedway was all Milt Montgomery.The Sheridan speedster took advantage of his outside starting spot to take the win over Brenten DeYoung and Dan Wiggins.last_img