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Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Most of us know to stay home when we're sick, not only so we can get better but to keep from spreading your illness to co-workers. But not everyone we work with practices that general rule.

So what do you do when you absolutely have to go to work?

Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District has some tips on what to do if you're sick on the job.

"Ideally we need people to be fever free for 24 hours before they go back to work," she said.

Papich also said to avoid close contact with co-workers, confine yourself to a cubicle or other space away from people in your office and to wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom.

"Covering your coughs with your sleeves, another great time to wash your hands is if you have to blow your nose or if you cough or sneeze," she added.

If soap and water isn't available, make sure to keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer around. Another way to be considerate is to sanitize the things you use that other people share.

Papich says contagiousness is really a five to seven day window after you're first ill

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Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

From Avista Utilities:


We want to make sure you know about the latest national scam involving electric utility customers. Phishers, those who try to acquire your confidential information by posing as a trustworthy entity, are currently impersonating two different companies by sending electronic bills to customers of other utilities.

 

SoCal puppies transplanted to North Idaho thanks to Wings of Rescue

SoCal puppies transplanted to North Idaho thanks to Wings of Rescue

Dogs living in high population kill shelters in California are being shipped to other Humane Societies around the northwest that have room to spare in a program called Wings of Rescue.

Last Saturday, volunteer pilots flew 32 puppies in to the Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden, the first time they've participated in Wings of Rescue.

"Saturday was an unbelievable day, we had so many volunteers come out to help, the staff was so excited about it and to see those little guys come off of that plane was unbelievable," Vicky Nelson with the Kootenai Humane Society said.

This is the first time the Kootenai Humane Society has participated in the program, and the 32 dogs that were flown in Saturday, probably won't be here long.

"The phone has just been ringing off the hook people wanting to know when these dogs are going to be ready," Debbie Jeffrey, director of operations with the Kootenai Humane Society said.

Coeur d'Alene's Front Avenue now open

Coeur d'Alene's Front Avenue now open

From the City of Coeur d’Alene:


Motorists can now drive uninterrupted between Second and Seventh streets in downtown Coeur d’Alene with the recent opening of Front Avenue adjacent to the $20 million McEuen Park makeover.

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Shelves bare at Inland Northwest Blood Center

Shelves bare at Inland Northwest Blood Center

The Inland Northwest Blood Center is in desperate need of donations. The inventory shelves are almost bare and the center says the blood supply is down to less than one day.


INBC is urging community members who are healthy and able to make a donation. Due to cold and flu season INBC says daily donations have dropped significantly below the necessary 200 donations a day.

Idaho's First Lady to speak at Leadership Breakfast

Idaho's First Lady to speak at Leadership Breakfast

First Lady of Idaho Lori Otter will be the keynote speaker at the annual Coeur d’Alene Community Leadership breakfast event.  It is January 23, 2014 and hosted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Resort located at 115 South Second Street, Coeur d’Alene.

The GSEWNI Community Leadership events, held in many communities throughout the council region, feature a leader who is a role model for all Girl Scouts. The annual fundraising event in Coeur d’Alene celebrates the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women in the community and throughout north Idaho.

“Being a Girl Scout helped empower me to realize my full potential – as a young woman and as a citizen,” said First Lady Lori Otter. “The value of the leadership and confidence-building skills taught in Girl Scouts is immeasurable. They were great contributors to the person I became and the principles I still hold dear.”

Coeur d'Alene schools begin pilot security program

Coeur d'Alene schools begin pilot security program

The Coeur d'Alene School District is beefing up security.

On Wednesday, Ramsey Elementary, Woodland Middle School and Coeur d'Alene High School will implement a three week pilot program to test a new video buzz-in system to make day to day operation safer. It's just part of a larger emphasis the district is trying to put on security.

"No one thinks it could happen in their community," said Superintendent Mark Handelman. He remembers the days that followed the unthinkable events at Newtown, Connecticut a year ago.

"Right after the Sandy Hook tragedy we had a big meeting with law enforcement in our area and said 'What can we do right off the bat, money or not, to make our schools safer?'"

Voters approved a $1.4 million levy to make that happen. It provided funding for more resource officers, fenced in school grounds and video surveillance systems.

"It's all about the kids and their safety," Handelman explained. "Also about our staff. We know that in Sandy Hook several staff members lost their lives as well. We care about all the people we work with and obviously all the kids we serve."