I hear we might have 2 cases of probable swine flu in Harford County, but so far no schools have been closed


I have counted one probable case of swine flu (or H1N1 virus) reported by the media (The Sun & WBAL). My other source is a commenter on this blog. But it stands to reason that if one man has it in Harford County, he’s probably not the only one. Anyhow, these probable cases haven’t resulted in the closings of any Harford County schools yet. That’s a relief, because the governor on Friday announced a school will be closed for up to 14 days if one of its students catches the swine flu. This late the year, two weeks off takes us pretty much right to summer break. The Harford County Schools are staying on top of the outbreak. Click here to see the swine flu tips they issued several days ago. Today, I noticed a link to swine flu info on the home page of their website. And, earlier this evening I received an automated phone call and e-mail that stated the following:

Parents — Below you will find the script of the AlertNow call that was sent out this evening (5-3-09 at 7:00 p.m.) in the event there was any issue with transmission.
Good evening.  This is Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for the Harford County Public Schools, calling to update you with accurate information on the H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) as it effects our schools.  The Governor announced on Friday a revised policy on school closures in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.  The new policy states that the State will close any public or private school and cease all extracurricular activities for up to 14 days in the event a student is deemed “probable” for the H1N1 influenza virus.  The definition of a “probable” H1N1 influenza case as defined by the CDC is an individual with flu-like symptoms who is laboratory test positive for influenza type A but negative for seasonal influenza.”  At this time, one adult has been identified in the county as probable, however it has been determined that this case does not affect our schools.  For answers to any questions you may have regarding the flu, please call the State’s H1N1 Swine Flu Hotline at 1-877-633-5848 or visit http://swineflu.maryland.gov.  Again, this is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide you with timely updates regarding any school closures as this situation unfolds.  To keep track of Harford County Public Schools status regarding the flu, log onto our website at www.hcps.org and click the H1N1 Swine Flu link at the top of our homepage.  We will continue to update the site with current information as it relates to our school system and provide you links to accurate information about the virus.  The Health Department recommends that we continue practicing preventative measures such as washing your hands often, covering your mouth and using a paper tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing the tissue away after use.   Thank you for your time and attention.  Again, this is Teri Kranefeld for Harford County Public Schools.        
Teri Kranefeld
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
For more information on the swine flu in Harford County, click on this link to the Harford County Health Department: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/Health/

Click here for previous BANV posts on the swine flu in Harford County.