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Norovirus Cases Increasing in New Mexico

Elderly and Immunocompromised at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

 

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today norovirus activity is increasing in New Mexico. The Department is recommending that everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and immunocompromised who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection. The Department does not track individual cases of norovirus.

 

Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu”. Common symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less common symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headache, and muscle aches. Symptoms usually begin 1 or 2 days after exposure to the virus. Most people recover in 1 or 2 days and have no long-term health effects. People with norovirus should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, which can be a concern in the very young, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.

 

“Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from norovirus and other viruses that are circulating,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “If you have norovirus infection, stay home to avoid passing it on to others and stay away from people in hospitals and long-term care facilities.”

To decrease the risk of getting a norovirus infection, the Department of Health recommends that you:

·         Wash your hands with, soapy water for 20 seconds

o    After using the bathroom

    • After changing diapers
    • Before preparing foods
    • Before eating
  • Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces with a household bleach solution immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents.
  • Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms and for at least 3 days after you recover.

 

Noroviruses are very contagious. They are found in the stool (feces) or vomit of infected people. From there, noroviruses are transferred to food, water, or surfaces by the hands of infected people who have not washed adequately after using the bathroom.

 

Polk 8th Graders Visit CNM

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The staff at CNM's South Valley campus volunteered during their winter break to give middle school students a glimpse into educational opportunities that lie ahead.

December 16, 2014

More than 140 eighth graders at Polk Middle School visited CNM’s South Valley campus on Dec. 12 to explore future educational opportunities that are both literally and figuratively not too far down the road.

“This taught me a lot of things I didn’t know,” said eighth grader Anna Rose Rodriguez, who was most interested in the early childhood education and the cosmetology presentations.

Volunteering their own time during winter break, CNM teachers and advisers helped students understand financial aid and introduced them to the wide variety of classes, degrees and certifications CNM offers including phlebotomy, cosmetology, vet tech, chemistry, early childhood multicultural education, medical laboratory technician, and many others.

Overall, it was an eye-opening experience for many of the students. Some had never ridden the city bus, which they took from school to the campus. Others didn’t know the extent of options for areas of study.

“I didn’t know about the dual credit before this,” said eighth grader Tiara Taylor who wants to go into chemistry. “I considered college before this, but I didn’t know CNM had this many options.”

Eighth grader Cesar Becerra said he didn’t think he liked writing, but he loved the English presentation, which had students create new products and write about them, because it allowed him to be creative and think of new technology.

It was also rewarding for the CNM employees who volunteered their own time. Albert Paredes said he wasn’t pushed to pursue higher education when he was younger. Because of his experience and because he attended Polk, he said he was better able to connect with the visiting students.

“I wish this was something that would have been done when I was young,” said Paredes, a CNM student who also works in the veterinary program. “It opens up their eyes to what’s coming.”

The most important thing the students learned was to write their own story by discovering what they are most interested in and pursuing it.

 

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EXPECT SUCCESS - "Every Patriot is expected to be proficient which will lead to success!"  

 

WINTER BREAK IS FROM MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 , 2014 TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015.  CLASSES RESUME MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015.  WE HOPE OUR POLK COMMUNITY HAS A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!

 

School Hours:  8:14 am-3:00 pm

Main Office Hours:  7:30 am- 4:00 pm

Attendance:  877-6444 x 51110

 

 

FALL BASKETBALL BEGINS

Fall Basketball for 7th & 8th  Grade Boys and Girls has begun.  

Games are at 4:30 and 5:45.   Our schedule of games is listed below:

Monday, January 12 v Garfield MS (Polk Gym)

Wednesday, January 14  @ Washington MS

Wednesday, January 21 @ Kennedy MS

Monday, January 26 v. Taft MS (Polk Gym)

Wednesday, January 28 v Roosevelt MS  (Polk Gym)

Monday, February 2 @ Wilson MS

Monday, February 9 v Hayes MS  (Polk Gym)

Wednesday, February 11 @ Van Buren MS

Wednesday, February 18 v Grant MS   (Polk Gym)

Thursday, February 19 @ Tony Hillerman MS

Winter Basketball Tournament--sites TBA...held week of February 23-28, 2015

 

The APS Spectator Code of Conduct is in effect for ALL games.

 

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Student Attendance at Athletic Events

On game days students may not wait on campus for the game unless they are participating in a supervised after school activity.

 

 

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors!!!!

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 16--Finals

Wednesday, December 17--Finals

Winter Break--December 22-January 2

Winter Team Tryouts--December 16 & 17--3-5 pm in the main gym and mini gym

 

Polk Tee Shirts for Sale--$8.00  Inquire at the Main Office

INFORMATION LINKS

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Enterovirus Info

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Parents,

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