With school out for the summer, Burlington residents are spending more time in the City’s various recreation programs and athletic facilities. Just before the end of the school year, it was reported that new cases of H1N1 influenza were confirmed in local schools. In response, the City has implemented a series of protocols to help mitigate any potential health concerns.
While most H1N1 cases in the United States have not been severe and are comparable to seasonal influenza, the City is still taking precautions to ensure the health of citizens. All indoor recreation facilities, buses/vans, and senior center are being equipped with additional hand sanitizing stations. In addition, all restroom facilities are fully stocked with soap and are monitored daily to accommodate the larger summertime crowds.
To increase education and awareness of the virus, camp counselors and program administrators are talking with program participants about H1N1 including proper hand sanitizing practices, as well as how to recognize symptoms. H1N1 exhibits signs similar to seasonal influenza including: fever (100F or greater), cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
The City wants to protect the health and enjoyment of all citizens. With this in mind, the City requests that anyone exhibiting signs stay home for at least 7 days or 24 hours after symptoms stop — whichever is longer. A primary care doctor should be notified of symptoms to assess for testing and/or treatment.
Children participating in summer camps and programs will receive an informational brochure to share with their parents. Additional brochures and other information on H1N1 will be available and posted in City facilities.
Individuals seeking information on H1N1 may go to the Center for Disease Control’s website (www.cdc.gov/swineflu) or call the Alamance County Health Dept. at (336) 227-0101.