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The St. Croix Education Department has created new partnerships with Higher Education. They are excited to help St. Croix employees, students, and new graduates start or finish their college degree in Associates, Bachelor, Technical, and Professional Development classes.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire/Barron County has just started its first professional development class with St. Croix, taught by Kelli Coller, an Instructor with Barron County. Kelli meets with St. Croix employees and focuses on computer skills in Microsoft, Excel, and PowerPoint to provide a refresh — or sometimes a beginning — in those computer skill areas that are new or needing improvement for their job. Kelli will also teach a class this summer to high school juniors, seniors, and those just graduated. It is an Intro to College class that will prepare them in both college and career readiness.
Northwood Tech is also bringing a mobile welding certification program to St. Croix. Although only eight students can be admitted for this class, the Education Department is working on a certificate in automotive, HVAC, and construction as well! Northwood also has great options for careers with associate degrees in business, criminal justice, health fields, and more! Many of their classes are online option or hybrid, which means you can Zoom in some times or drive to Rice Lake and sit in live. Check out the poster below to see new class offerings available in the Tribal Education building/Hertel or via Zoom. There are so many options available to help those who are interested in school be successful! Please reach out to Janine McNulty in Education at 715-349-2195 ext. 5312 if you have questions about available programs.
Burnett County is conducting a survey for use in its upcoming County Comprehensive Plan update. All full-time and seasonal residents of Burnett County are encouraged to complete it in full, to ensure that Communities voices are heard, in the County’s plan development process.
The survey can be found by clicking here.
It is available to take until April 18th, 2023.
The Round Lake Clinic will be closed on March 15th, 2023.
Tribal Government Job Openings
Construction Laborer/Parts Runner
Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job titles. Please contact Tiffany Iorns, [email protected] or ext. 5196, for additional information.
HHS Job Openings
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Clerk
Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job titles. Please contact Shaurette Reynolds, [email protected] or ext. 5133, for additional information.
Please spread the word to your friends and family members about our open positions!
Happy Birthday to our Elders celebrating in March!
March 2 – Stephanie Current
March 3 – Darlene Matrious, Charles Rogers, Vivian Rogers
March 4 – Wayne Staples
March 5 – Tracy Benjamin
March 8 – Leva Oustigoff Jr
March 10 – George Taylor
March 13 – Robert Holmes
March 14 – Debra Clayton
March 16 – Bruce Sonnenberg
March 21 – Jean Songetay, Theresa Kraemer
March 23 – Lewis Taylor
March 25 – Lawrence Lowe, Laurie Mattigosh
March 27 – Mavis Rogers, Thomas Saros
March 31 – Adonis Mosay
Blood Drive – Wednesday, March 8th
There are currently 20 openings for our blood drive on Wednesday, March 8th, in the Tribal Center gymnasium. Please contact Vanessa Morrison if you have any questions about donating blood. Someone in the United States needs a blood donation every two seconds. Your blood donation will save lives!
You can sign up to donate blood here.
There has been a spike in cases of norovirus (stomach flu) in the past couple months. The Midwest is at 20% positivity as of a few weeks ago (per the CDC). HANDWASHING IS VERY IMPORTANT. Hand sanitizers do not work as well to prevent it.
OVERVIEW OF NOROVIRUS
Norovirus infection can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea that start suddenly. Noroviruses are highly contagious. They commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or through contaminated surfaces. Noroviruses can also spread through close contact with a person who has norovirus infection.
Diarrhea, stomach pain, and vomiting typically begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure. Norovirus infection symptoms usually last one to three days. Most people recover completely without treatment. However, for some people — especially young children, older adults, and people with other medical conditions — vomiting and diarrhea can be severely dehydrating and require medical attention.
Norovirus infection occurs most frequently in closed and crowded environments. Examples include hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, schools, and cruise ships.
Signs and symptoms of norovirus infection may start suddenly and include:
· Stomach pain or cramps
· Watery or loose diarrhea
· Feeling ill
· Low-grade fever
· Muscle pain
Signs and symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after your first exposure to a norovirus and last one to three days. You can continue to shed virus in your stool for several weeks after recovery. This shedding can last weeks to months if you have another medical condition.
Some people with norovirus infection may show no signs or symptoms. However, they are still contagious and can spread the virus to others.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
Seek medical attention if you develop diarrhea that does not go away within several days. Call your health care provider if you experience severe vomiting, bloody stools, stomach pain, or dehydration.
Noroviruses are highly contagious. This means the norovirus infection can easily spread to others. The virus is shed in both stool and vomit. You can spread the virus from the time you first have symptoms of illness until several days after you recover. Noroviruses can stay on surfaces and objects for days or weeks.
You can get norovirus infection by:
· Eating contaminated food;
· Drinking contaminated water;
· Touching your hand to your mouth after your hand has been in contact with a contaminated surface or object;
· Being in close contact with a person who has norovirus infection.
Noroviruses are difficult to kill because they can withstand hot and cold temperatures and many disinfectants.
Risk factors for becoming infected with a norovirus include:
· Eating in a place where food has been handled by someone with norovirus infection or the food has been in contact with contaminated water or surfaces;
· Attending preschool or a childcare center;
· Living in close quarters, such as in nursing homes;
· Staying in hotels, resorts, cruise ships, or other destinations with many people in close quarters;
· Having contact with someone who has norovirus infection.
For most people, norovirus infection usually clears up within a few days and is not life-threatening. But in some people — especially young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems or other medical conditions or who are pregnant — norovirus infection can be severe. Norovirus infection can cause severe dehydration and even death.
Warning signs of dehydration include:
· Dry mouth and throat
· Decreased urine output
Children who are dehydrated might cry with few or no tears. They might be unusually sleepy or fussy.
Norovirus infection is highly contagious. There are many types of noroviruses. Anyone can get norovirus infection more than once.
To prevent norovirus infection:
· Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper and before you prepare food and eat or drink. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not as effective against noroviruses as using soap and water.
· Avoid contaminated food and water, including food that could have been prepared by someone who was sick.
· Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
· Cook seafood thoroughly.
· Disinfect surfaces that might have been contaminated. Wear gloves and use a chlorine bleach solution or a disinfectant that is effective against noroviruses.
· Use caution when traveling. If you’re traveling to areas with a high risk of norovirus infection, consider eating only cooked foods, drinking only hot or carbonated beverages, and avoiding food sold by street vendors.
To help prevent norovirus infection spread, please follow these guidelines during illness and for two to three days after your symptoms end:
· Avoid contact with others as much as possible.
· Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
· Stay home from work. Children should stay home from school or childcare.
· Avoid handling food and items to be used by other people. Disinfect contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant effective against noroviruses.
· Dispose of vomit and stool carefully. Wearing disposable gloves, soak up material with disposable towels. Disturb soiled material as little as possible to avoid spreading noroviruses by air. Place soiled items in plastic bags and place them in the trash. Remove and wash clothes and linens that may be contaminated.
· Avoid traveling until two to three days after your symptoms are gone.
Norovirus infection is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms, but noroviruses can be identified from a stool sample. If you have a weakened immune system or have other medical conditions, your health care provider might recommend a stool test to confirm the presence of norovirus.
There is no specific treatment for norovirus infection. Recovery generally depends on the health of your immune system. In most people, the illness usually resolves within a few days.
It is important to replace lost fluids. Oral rehydration solutions may be used. If you are not able to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration, you might need to receive fluids through a vein (intravenous).
Your health care provider might recommend over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication and medication to reduce nausea.
LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES
If your family includes young children, it is a good idea to have commercially prepared oral rehydration solutions on hand. Adults can drink sports drinks, broths, or oral rehydration solutions. Drinking liquids that contain a lot of sugar, such as soft drinks and some fruit juices, can worsen diarrhea. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
Ease back into eating. Try to eat small amounts of food frequently if you experience nausea. Otherwise, gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas, applesauce, rice, and chicken. Stop eating if your nausea returns. Avoid milk and dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods for a few days.
Remember that norovirus infection is highly contagious. Avoid contact with others as much as possible during illness and for several days after recovery. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces and objects. Do not prepare food for others until your symptoms are gone.
Submitted from Jean Roedl/Mayo Clinic
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