Update on H1N1 Flu Outbreak

Dear Saint Mary's Community,

Our College's Incident Management Team continues to monitor issues related to the H1N1 flu on our campus. Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education. It is available at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/guidelines_colleges.htm.

One probable case of H1N1 was identified at the College today. We currently await definitive confirmation from the Contra Costa County Public Health Department, expected in a few days. We have notified the student's instructors and classmates. Our Health and Wellness physician will be available for friends or classmates who are experiencing flu-like symptoms (high fever and cough or sore throat) or have questions. Please note that this student lives off-campus.

Following the recommendations of the CDC, the College will remain open and will hold all scheduled events as planned.

Please remember the best way to decrease the spread of illness is to follow the precautions identified by the CDC:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

• Maintain a distance of about 3 feet from anyone who may be coughing or sneezing.

If you or a member of your family displays flu-like symptoms, stay home and contact your supervisor or instructors and your primary care physician.

As always, if you have further questions, don't hesitate to let me know or call our Health Center, 631-4254.

Jane Camarillo