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CDC announces that it is no longer recommending that schools close because of H1N1 (Swine Flu)

posted May 11, 2009, 1:17 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated May 11, 2009, 1:18 PM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2009


Contact:

Joy Alexiou

(408) 808-7845

CDC announces that it is no longer recommending that schools close because of H1N1 (Swine Flu)

County will reopen previously closed schools

San Jose, CALIF. –Dr. Fenstersheib, Health Officer for Santa Clara County has re-issued guidance to district superintendents based on CDC’s latest recommendation. The new recommendations are to reopen schools as early as tomorrow. “We are thankful for the cooperation we’ve received from the schools that have closed, and understand the impact these closures have on the entire community,” said Dr. Fenstersheib. “The closing of schools was necessary to help us slow the spread of this illness and gave us time to better understand this new virus.”

The schools that are closed today and recommended to reopen tomorrow are:

  • Branham High School, 1570 Branham Lane, San Jose
  • Delphi Academy & Elan Espirit Preschool, 890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara
  • Challenger School, 730 Camina Escuela, San Jose
  • Ruskin Elementary School & Sunshine School preschool, 2550 Greengate Drive, San Jose
  • Daves Avenue Elementary, 17770 Daves Avenue, Monte Soreno

As this outbreak unfolded over the last two weeks, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department took a cautious approach to ensure the public’s health, and worked to better understand this new virus. Information gathered over the last week in Santa Clara County and elsewhere in the country show that most U.S. cases have not been severe and are comparable in severity to seasonal influenza.

The cooperation with superintendents, principals, teachers and parents has been outstanding. We are now asking schools to do the following:

  • Each morning, all parents and caregivers should assess all family members and especially school age children for flu symptoms.
  • Each morning, school faculty should assess themselves for symptoms of flu.
  • Students or faculty with flu-like illness should stay home. Anyone who is sick with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 7 days, even if they no longer have symptoms.
  • If a student or faculty member is sick with flu-like illness, for more than seven days they should stay home for at least 24 hours after they stopped having symptoms.
  • Schools should screen students and staff for visible signs of flu-like illness when they come to school.
  • If you or your child’s symptoms become more severe, call your doctor, pediatrician or healthcare provider.

As of today, Santa Clara County has seven (7) confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu). An additional ten (10) cases have been identified as “probable” in Santa Clara County. Yesterday, the CDC reported that nationwide, 99% of probable cases are ending up confirmed.

Additional information including Home Care Guide instructions and checklists for preparing for an influenza emergency, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website at www.sccphd.org. You can also call 2-1-1 or the Public Health Information Line at 408.885.3980.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm) or the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For more information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

For information in Spanish, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/influenza-porcina-datos.htm

Seven Cases of H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu) Confirmed in Santa Clara County

posted May 11, 2009, 1:15 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated Sep 4, 2009, 12:06 PM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009


Contact:

Joy Alexiou/Gwen Mitchell

(408) 808-7845

Seven Cases of H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu)

Confirmed in Santa Clara County

County acquires additional equipment to test for probable cases


San Jose, CALIF. – Today, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed seven of twelve Santa Clara County cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu). There are currently five cases identified as “probable” in Santa Clara County. The Public Health Department will treat these as confirmed cases to protect the public health.

“We are not surprised that these cases have been confirmed,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “The state has advised that going forward it will accept the county submitted probable cases as “confirmed cases.”

On Sunday, Santa Clara County was able to secure a second LightCycler machine to facilitate more testing of samples. The new equipment will enable the Public Health Laboratory to better handle the backlog of samples being submitted by physicians and hospitals. All submitted samples are being assessed and prioritized in adherence to strict case definition guidelines.

The Public Health Department will continue to implement precautionary measures to help minimize potential exposure. Contact Investigation Teams will continue to conduct contact investigations for each probable case.

School Closure Update

One additional school campus in Santa Clara County affecting three schools were closed over the weekend, including:
  • Ruskin Elementary School and Sunshine School which has an After-School program and separate preschool share the same campus.
Although some schools in Santa Clara County have been temporarily closed, parents are being advised that if their child’s school is open, and their child is healthy, children should continue to attend school. Public Health officials are continuing to advise parents and caregivers to be watchful over their children’s health. If the child becomes sick with flu-like symptoms, do not send them to school and limit their contact with others for ten (10) days after the onset of the symptoms or until all symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.

The Public Health Department has received its full allocation of antiviral medications from the State, and has developed a plan and guidance protocols for distribution to hospitals, clinics and private physicians. This guidance includes a compliance statement that requires providers to follow the strict guidelines for prescribing and dispensing. The County distributed supplies to local hospitals on Friday.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm) or the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm). Parents of children from closed schools can report a sick child to the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For more information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

For information in Spanish, visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/influenza-porcina-datos.htm

Three More “Probable” Cases of H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu) Identified in Santa Clara County

posted May 11, 2009, 1:13 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated May 11, 2009, 1:14 PM ]

May 1, 2009

 

Contact::

 Joy Alexiou        Public Health Department
 (408) 808-7845
 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Jose, CALIF. – Today, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department identified three more “probable” cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu).
 
The cases are: 

*18 year-old female from San Jose  

*22 year-old male from Morgan Hill

*73 year-old female from San Jose who was hospitalized for five days and is now recovering at home.

 

Public Health nurses are conducting contact investigations for each probable case. To date, none of the probable County cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  However, the County is treating probable cases as if they have been confirmed.

 
Yesterday, County Public Health announced the closing of four schools. Their current status is: 
*Rucker Elementary in unincorporated San Martin was closed on a precautionary basis due to a suspected case that has now come back as not H1N1. Rucker elementary will reopen on Monday, May 4.
 

*Challenger, Delphi and Elan Espirit will re-open on Monday, May 11.

In addition, Branham High School, which closed on April 28, will reopen on Wednesday, May 6.  There are no new school closures at this time. 

  

The County is surveying 235 pharmacies around Santa Clara County to assess their supplies of Tamiflu and Relenza. The Public Health Department has received its full allocation of Tamiflu from the State, and has developed a plan and guidance protocols for distribution to hospitals, clinics and private physicians.  The County is currently distributing supplies to local hospitals. It is recommended that these medications be used for people that are symptomatic. 

 

County Public Health officials are advising residents to stay home if sick – do not go to work or school. Healthy people with no or mild flu symptoms and not in need of medical care are advised to stay away from medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Masks are recommended for those that have the flu symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. It is important that everyone exercises common sense precautions like covering your cough and washing your hands.

  

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department continues to conduct local surveillance, monitor the situation closely, and keep the public, medical community and other local agencies updated about the local H1N1 influenza situation. 

 
For more information about H1N1 influenza virus, call the State influenza hotline at 1-888-865-0564.
 

For local updates visit http://www.sccgov.org  or http://www.211scc.org

 
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Public Health Update - April 30, 2009

posted May 11, 2009, 1:10 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated Sep 4, 2009, 11:56 AM ]

In order to provide you with up-to-date information regarding swine flu cases (H1N1 Influenza
A) and other public health issues, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Information
Office will issue Public Health Updates to notify you of any new developments. The following
reflects the status of probable swine flu cases in Santa Clara County. 
Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials have identified six (6) probable cases of
swine flu. Currently, these specimens are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
for confirmatory testing. The following reflects the numbers of cases reported from Santa Clara
County:

Total number of probable swine flu cases  6
Confirmed swine flu cases 0
Number of samples tested through 4/29/09 99
 
Contact Information: 

Swine flu information has been posted to the Public Health Department Web site:
www.sccphd.org.  The Public Health Information Line at 408.885.3980 is available to answer
questions from Santa Clara County residents during regular business hours.  For Media related
questions, please call:  408-885-4900.

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