Job Title: Director of Public Health, Saguache County
Effective Date: April 22, 2015
Saguache County, Colorado, is seeking to fill the position of Public Health Director. The position requires a master’s degree in a public health discipline; a nurse candidate shall be licensed to practice in Colorado within six months of hire; OR, similar experience to a nurse with exemplary history and at least two years of administrative experience in public health, and willing to seek additional public health education and experience within five years of hire. A complete job description and qualifications are available online at: http://www.saguachecounty-co.gov.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Saguache County is a drug-free workplace.
Faxed and emailed applications are accepted
The Saguache County Board of Commissioners are accepting written offers for the following list of lots. The lots will be for sale until an offer is accepted by the Commissioners, at their discretion, or until September 30, 2015.
If you would like to submit a bid offer for any of these properties you may request a packet from the Saguache County Land Use office at 719-655-2321. Bids must be submitted on a County bid form. Funds must accompany bids. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The Board reserves the right to refuse any bid submitted.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Linda Smith
March 16, 2015 Public Information Officer 719-587-5199
Warmer Weather Brings Hantavirus Risk
SAN LUIS VALLEY— Spring cleaning can increase your risk of exposure hantavirus unless you take proper precautions. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a relatively rare but very serious disease that results in death for more than one-third of those who become infected.
In the San Luis Valley, hantavirus is carried by deer mice, which can move into barns, sheds, crawlspaces, and attics to keep warm through the winter. The virus can be found in the urine, saliva and droppings of infected mice. People are infected by breathing in the virus when stirring up dust from mouse nests or mouse droppings in areas with poor ventilation, or when handling mice.
To protect yourself and your family, do not sweep or vacuum mice droppings or nesting materials, because breathing dust containing infected droppings or urine is the most common way to be exposed to the virus. Before entering or cleaning enclosed buildings and other enclosed areas where mice may have been present, open them up to air out for 30 minutes. Wear gloves and consider wearing an N-100 rated respiratory mask (available at most hardware stores) when cleaning rodent-infested indoor areas. Spray mouse droppings and nesting materials with a disinfectant and let them sit for a few minutes before disposing of them in a plastic bag. Take steps to keep rodents away from your home.
Early medical care is crucial for those who do become infected. First symptoms of HPS appear 1-6 weeks after exposure and are flu-like: fever, headache, muscle pain, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. A few days later, difficulty breathing develops and progresses very quickly to inability to breathe. Anyone who experiences early symptoms in the weeks following exposure to rodents, their droppings, or their nests, should seek medical care immediately and be sure tell the medical provider about the exposure to rodents.
Since hantavirus was first identified in the Four Corners area in 1993, Colorado has had more confirmed cases of HPS than any other state except New Mexico. Last year there were two confirmed cases of HPS in the San Luis Valley.
For more information call your local Public Health agency (Alamosa County 589-6639; Conejos County 574-4307; Costilla County 672-3332; Mineral County 658-2416; Rio Grande County 657-3352; Saguache County 655-2533) or go to www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.
Saguache County Social Services
Would YOU like to live in a high mountain valley, with all the mountains and streams you could ever wish for, and have a great job helping people? Then Saguache County is the place for YOU!!!
Saguache County Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for the position of Child Protection Caseworker. Starting salary range is $2370 to $2620 per month depending on experience. Great opportunity for State training program! Bachelor’s degree in one of the behavioral sciences required. Spanish-speaking advantageous but not required. Applications and complete job descriptions are available at 605 Christy Ave., Saguache, CO 81149, by visiting the Saguache County website @SaguacheCounty.net or by calling 719-655-2537 and requesting one be mailed. Saguache County is an E.O.E.
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The County Commissioners have dedicated the month of April 2015 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month". Please click here to review the resolution that has been approved.
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