Flu has hit the county

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By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Pondera County Health Nurse, Cynthia Grubb, RN CLC was on hand at the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday morning.

She informed them that the flu has now hit the county. The flu is a contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus.

The most common way to catch the flu is by breathing in the droplets from a cough or a sneeze.

Less often, but also another way to pick up the flu is when you touch a surface, such as a faucet or phone that has the virus on it and then you touch your own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Some common symptoms of the flu include body aches, chills, dizziness, flushed face, headaches, and lack of energy, nausea and vomiting.

“If you have to sneeze, cover it up and wash your hands often,” she noted. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, although the protection is not instant, it takes a day or two to become effective.

Grubb also noted that funding had been cut for the smoking prevention use program. The I-O will have more on this in the next edition of the newspaper.

She showed the commissioners a breastfeeding coalition newsletter, the first one which she prepared and also reported that she and Corrine Rose are having problems with their cell phones and are eligible for upgrades that are paid for from Emergency Preparedness grant funding.

Grubb also informed the commissioners that April 30 is a date set for the first National Drug Take-Back-Day in the county.

This is a national movement to properly destroy prescription drugs that are no longer being used by a patient in order to prevent abuse. Prescription drugs are most commonly used by 12-13 year-olds Grubb informed the commissioners. In other news out of her department, she said a permission form for images which can be used in the event of video documentaries and website photos has been developed and the DUI Task Force has approved grants of $500 each to the sheriff’s office, County Attorney’s office and the city police for purchase of equipment needed in prosecution of DUI offenders.

In other business, the commissioners approved an excavation agreement with 3 Rivers Communications to engage in excavation on and under county roads, Curry Lane, for the purpose of installing a fiber optic cable to the new AT&T cell site. In addition, digging proposals were agreed to for putting in fiber optic cable on Rocky Road, Miller Coulee Road and Frances Heights Road.

The commissioners approved a proposal of Gerald Bruner for the purchase of the Case 1070 tractor from the county for $500.

On a 3-0 vote, the commissioners approved the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) grant program. The county will receive $15,000 to provide obesity prevention services to its residents from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

Commissioners also approved the Nationwide Deferred Compensation Plan for Public Employees Document as revised to conform to changes under federal law.

There will be no meeting on March 9. Commissioner Cyndi Johnson and Sandy Broesder will attend the National Association of Counties meeting.

Their next regular meeting will be on March 16 at 10 a.m. in the commissioner’s office.

Also on March 16, there will be listening session in the commissioner’s office beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to come and voice concerns or visit with the commission.

No action will be taken.