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Seawell Nurse's Health Corner

Welcome to the Health Corner of Eileen Stough, Seawell's RN serving the daily health needs of our students 

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For CHCCS District Health Information and Medication/Health Forms: CHCCS District Health Information (Health Services)

Hi there! My name is Eileen Stough and I've been the school RN at Seawell since March 2007. I was a NICU RN (neonatal intensive care unit) for many years prior to coming here. I moved back to Chapel Hill from Charlotte, NC and enjoy being back in my "hometown"; I'm proud to say that I am a CHHS alum. I received my BSN at UNC-Chapel Hill and my MSN (FNP concentration) at UNC-Charlotte. I am here to help your child with any physical, emotional, or psychological needs within the nursing field. I hope that you contact me if you have health information about your child or any health questions/concerns. 

Please consider donating items for the health room. Here's a wish list: Seawell Health Room Wish List

Here is the district's policy regarding illness (Policy 4230, G): 
G.  MANAGEMENT OF SUDDEN ILLNESS

1. Students with temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (oral), vomiting, or diarrhea will be excluded from school, and may not participate in school activities until symptom-free for 24 hours.

2. Students with undiagnosed rash may be excluded from school.  If excluded from school, readmission is contingent upon a note from a physician, being symptom free, and receiving appropriate treatment.

3. In the event of numerous cases of sudden illness in a school, the school nurse and principal shall notify the Orange County Health Department for epidemiologic surveillance and recommendations.

GIVE KIDS A SMILE

posted Jan 10, 2023, 8:05 AM by Eileen Stough

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry will provide no-cost preventive and restorative care to local children as a participant in the American Dental Association Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® Day.

Call (919) 576-9102 to make an appointment or sign up here. Appointments are offered first come, first served. Due to physical distancing guidelines, space is limited.

Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

NEW OMICRON SBB VARIANT

posted Jan 9, 2023, 4:17 AM by Eileen Stough

New Omicron XBB variant

A new version of omicron has taken hold in the U.S., according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The subvariant of omicron, named XBB.1.5, has raised concerns about another potential wave of Covid cases following the busy holiday travel season. 
Click the link to read the full article here 

The 5 Key Take-aways here:  

  • The CDC projected Friday that about 40% of confirmed U.S. Covid cases are caused by the XBB.1.5 strain, up from 20% a week ago. 

  • While overall Covid hospitalizations are rising around the country, areas such as the Northeast that have seen high levels of the new variant have not experienced a disproportionate increase in hospitalizations 

  • XBB has been found in at least 70 countries, according to the World Health Organization, and has caused surges of infection in some parts of Asia, including India and Singapore, in October. 

  • “It’s clear that there’s immune evasive properties of XBB,” said Dr. Isaach Bogoch, an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at the University of Toronto. “That’s been demonstrated both in laboratory studies and seen clinically in cases and hospitalizations.” 

  • Antibody studies don’t tell the whole story. Other parts of the immune system can protect against the virus and the Covid vaccines should remain effective at preventing severe illness and death from the virus, evidence suggests. 

Here’s what we don’t yet know:   

  • There’s a lot that’s still unknown about the latest subvariant, including whether it’s more contagious than other forms of omicron. 

FREE TELEMEDICINE (ACCESS TO COVID TREATMENT)

posted Jan 3, 2023, 9:16 AM by Eileen Stough

Free Telemedicine:
Expands Access to Treatment

Help Spread the Word: Free Telemedicine Program for COVID-19 Treatments LaunchedNCDHHS is launching a time-limited program in partnership with StarMed Healthcare to provide free access to telemedicine screenings for COVID-19 treatment for North Carolinians who test positive. This program is available now until funding runs out, which is expected to be around mid-March. 

People who test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test or other method can set up an appointment online at https://starmed.care/nc/ or call 704-941-6000, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no cost to the patient. Read our press release for more information. 

Key facts: 

  • This service is available regardless of insurance status and IDs are not required. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged for your appointment.  
  • If you have insurance, StarMed will bill your health plan and NCDHHS will pay for any additional balance. 
  • Appointments are available in English, Spanish and more than 200 other languages through an on-demand interpretation service. American Sign Language interpretation is also available. 
  • If the patient is eligible for antiviral treatment, such as Paxlovid, the provider will send a prescription to the patient’s desired pharmacy. There is also an option to mail order the medication. Oral antiviral pills are available at no cost to the patient. 

The telemedicine program will last until funding runs out, which is estimated to be about mid-March. 

After a positive test, early treatment is key to avoiding severe illness and hospitalizations, and treatment may even reduce complications from post-COVID conditions, also called long COVID. 

Everyone, especially people at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, should have a plan to contact a health care provider right away if they test positive. This telemedicine program offers another option for quick access to lifesaving treatments. Please help spread the word in your communities:  

·Printable flyer (Spanish)

·Visit MySpot.nc.gov/FindTreatment (Spanish) or set up a telemedicine appointment online or by calling 704-941-6000. 

FREE AT HOME TESTS BY MAIL

posted Jan 3, 2023, 9:10 AM by Eileen Stough

Project ACT! Free At-home tests by mail

Did you know that North Carolinians in eligible zip codes can receive up to five at-home COVID-19 tests each month free of charge and shipped directly to their door? Find out if you and the community members you serve are eligible and order the free tests by searching your zip code on the Project ACT website.

Please continue to encourage community members to stock up on tests now so that they have them when they need them! Feel free to share these resources with your list serve especially for community members who are unable to pick-up tests during your hours of operation.  

Project ACT includes zip codes in more than 80 NC counties and will be available through June 2023 or while supplies last.  

ORDER FREE COVID TESTS

posted Dec 16, 2022, 5:26 AM by Eileen Stough

You can order 4 free covid tests from the government website (per address). https://www.covid.gov/tests

COVID GUIDELINES

posted Dec 13, 2022, 9:14 AM by Eileen Stough   [ updated Dec 13, 2022, 9:19 AM ]

If you have NEGATIVE COVID home antigen tests to report, please

If you have a POSITIVE COVID test to report, please complete this form: 
Please note that due to COVID-19 protocols, if your child is home due
to any of the symptoms listed below, one of the following is required so your student can
to be clear to return to school: Seawell Positive Test Result

-A documented negative COVID PCR OR
-TWO negative home tests - 24 hours apart
-A written statement from a health care provider providing an
alternative diagnosis OR
-If not testing, a 5-day isolation period with approved date provided for return by the nurse

COVID symptoms:
Fever =/> 100.4
New cough
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle/Body Aches
Headache (especially severe/sudden onset)
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion/runny nose
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

NEW CHCCS COVID DASHBOARD

posted May 24, 2022, 7:08 AM by Eileen Stough

The district's dashboard has been updated: https://www.chccs.org/covid

SUNSCREEN

posted May 18, 2022, 8:19 AM by Eileen Stough

As the temperatures continue to get warmer, just a reminder. Please make sure that you apply sunscreen on your child before they come to school. Staff are not allowed to apply sunscreen on your child. 

TEST TO TREAT

posted Apr 6, 2022, 7:39 AM by Eileen Stough

If you have Covid symptoms or feel you may have Covid, use this link to find the nearest Test to Treat location near you: Test to Treat

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