Grand County Public Health prepares for H1N1 |

Grand County Public Health prepares for H1N1

Grand County is still free of H1N1. Surrounding counties, however, have been affected. As of May 7, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 25 cases of H1N1 in nine counties: Adams (4), Arapahoe (6), Boulder (1), Denver (3), Douglas (1), Eagle (3), Fremont (1), Garfield (2) and Jefferson (4). None of the new cases were hospitalized; all are recovering.

According to Gail Van Bockern, Grand County Public Health childcare nurse consultant, H1N1 is acting like the seasonal flu. But there’s still concern the virus could turn deadly. Preparing for pandemic flu since 2006, the Grand County public health department’s procedures are being put to practice. “Because of what’s happening in the nation, we are on alert,” Van Bockern says. Last week Grand County public health staff met with school administrators, childcare providers and medical personnel, and reviewed the county’s emergency plan. Grand County has received federal antiviral medication and medical protective supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.

Individuals with influenza symptoms should stay home for seven days or at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer. Cover your cough and sneezes, and wash hands frequently.

For more information call Grand County Public Health at (970) 725-3288, or see