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State News: Two “mild” swine-flu cases reported in Virginia, posted Thursday, 8:15 p.m.
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Event: Small business workshop in Waynesboro, posted Thursday, 9:45 a.m.
Event: Operation and supply chain career workshop, posted Thursday, 9:45 a.m. 

 

State News: Two “mild” swine-flu cases reported in Virginia, posted Thursday, 8:15 p.m.

State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, said today that the state has received confirmation of its first two H1N1 flu cases, also called swine flu.

The patients are an adult male from Eastern Virginia and an adult female from Central Virginia. Each had traveled to Mexico, both had mild illnesses and are recovering well, and neither required hospitalization. Neither are students.

Given the size of the state’s population, seasonal travel patterns and the ease with which the flu virus is spread, Dr. Remley said that it is likely there will be additional cases in the Commonwealth.

“Our local health districts are working in close collaboration with their community partners in monitoring developments and providing guidance,” Dr. Remley said. “We remain in contact with clinicians, hospitals, and pharmacists to furnish them with up-to-the-minute care and treatment guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The current H1N1 influenza outbreak is caused by an influenza A virus not previously detected in humans or animals. Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and typically include fever, cough and sore throat. Additional symptoms may include headache, chills and fatigue. Persons with H1N1 flu are contagious for up to seven days after the onset of illness and possibly longer if they are still symptomatic.

Dr. Remley advised anyone with these symptoms to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors by:

– staying home from work or school and limiting their contact with others to keep from infecting them

– calling their health care providers or local health department before seeking care so that the necessary infection control measures can be put in place

– covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and throwing the tissue in the trash after use

– washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.

– limiting close contact with sick people

– preventing the spread of germs by not touching eyes, nose or mouth.

  

 

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Event: Small business workshop in Waynesboro, posted Thursday, 9:45 a.m.

The local chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives – SCORE – is hosting a starting a small business workshop next week in Waynesboro.

The workshop will review the steps to a successful start and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Follow-up appointments are then available with SCORE counselors.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Location: 301 W. Main St., Waynesboro

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 (to cover materials used in education)

 

Event: Operation and supply chain career workshop, posted Thursday, 9:45 a.m.

The Blue Ridge Chapter of APICS, in partnership with ISM, is hosting a professional development meeting the evening of May 12. The meeting will provide job search advice tailored to operations and supply chain careers.

The meeting will feature Gary Capone, co-owner of the Waynesboro-based executive recruiting firm, Palladian International. Mr. Capone will provide resume writing advice and interview preparation techniques for job seekers. He will also review important topics for hiring managers wanting to improve their screening and assessment skills. The presentation will include:

· Resume writing tips

· Interview questions for operations and supply chain careers

· How to prepare interview answers

· Why you should use behavioral interviewing techniques

The presentation is a preview of the presentation Mr. Capone will give at the annual APICS International Conference this fall in Toronto.

Attendees do not need to be members of APICS or ISM, and graduating seniors entering the workforce are encouraged to attend. The cost of the meeting is $10 and includes dinner. Reservations are required.

The meeting will be held at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.blueridgeapics.org.

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