Garfield County swine flu cases now at two
The statewide total of H1N1 (swine flu) cases rose from 19 to 25 on Thursday, and in Garfield County the number climbed to a total of two when the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed a positive test from a student at Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs campus.
The student was not hospitalized, and is recovering, according to Jim Rada of the Garfield County Public Health Agency.
In neighboring Eagle County, the number of cases increased to three, bringing the total number of Western Slope cases to five.
Nationally, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 896 confirmed cases in 41 states as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
Rada said there are no new alerts or warnings being issued to the public, other than advising that people wash their hands often, steer clear of sick people and, if mild symptoms develop, stay at home rather than going to work or school.
“They don’t even have to be tested,” Rada said. “What we’re trying to do is keep them from spreading the disease out into the community.” He said that if the symptoms do worsen, it is best to see a doctor.
He said that there also are no plans to close any schools in the area but Glenwood Springs High School has moved back its schedule for free physicals.
Glenwood Medical Associates’ free sports physical night for local student-athletes has been switched from May 11 to May 26 in light of the recent H1N1 (swine flu) cases reported in Garfield County.
“Putting 200 kids into a confined space next Monday, we really don’t want to do that,” Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Director Craig Denney said.
GMA will instead offer physicals to GSHS and Glenwood Springs Middle School student-athletes beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the new night.
Middle-schoolers will be admitted from 6:30-7:15 p.m. High-schoolers should report at 7:15 p.m. Physical forms can be picked up at the schools.
GMA is located at 1830 Blake Ave., in Glenwood Springs. Call 945-8503 for more information.
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