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Howard County hospital now restricting visitors

Because of the increase in the number of reported cases of H1N1 flu in the pediatric population, Howard County General Hospital announced immediate changes to visitation guidelines to provide a safe environment for patients. These are temporary measures until people have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

* Children younger than 16 are temporarily restricted from all patient care areas, including patient rooms, therapy areas and outpatient service areas. This also applies to the medical/surgical floors as well as labor and delivery. Once H1N1 vaccinations begin, children with proof of H1N1 vaccination two weeks or more beforehand will be allowed to visit.

* Patient visitors are restricted to immediate family members.

* In the Intensive Care Unit, only two visitors will be allowed with the patient at one time.

* Individuals with influenza-like symptoms should not visit patients. Symptoms include fever and one or more of the following: cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

For more information, go to hchealth.org or call the Howard County Health Department Flu Information Line at 410-313-6503.

Health Service Awards

Chase Brexton Health Service and Michael W. Davis recently received the "Casey Willis Making a Difference" Award at the Columbia Foundation's annual dinner.

The award was presented by Dave and Amy Willis, son and daughter of the late Dr. Eugene and Casey Willis, and John Willis, brother of Dr. Willis. Casey Willis was a longtime community activist in Howard County whose family established the award with the Columbia Foundation in her memory. Each year, the family selects a nonprofit organization that has had a significant effect on the lives of county residents. Chase Brexton Health Services works in partnership with the Howard County Health Department and public school system to provide dental education, screenings, fluoride treatments and sealants to uninsured or under-insured pre-K to second-graders in the county's Title 1 schools.

2010 Relay for Life event

Mary McCormack will chair the 2010 Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. McCormack is a resident of Howard County and has served two years as team recruitment chairwoman and 10 years as a team member. The event will be held June 4 and 5 at Hammond High School in Columbia. Those who are interested in serving on the planning committee or forming a team should call Jason Copley at 410-781-4316, e-mail hcrelay@hotmail.com or go to howardrfl.com.

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Care for the caregiver : Explore emotions and issues about grief and guilt and the joys and satisfactions connected with personal caregiving at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. Call to register at 410-442-3120 or go to bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org.

Senior yoga : Classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or drop in. Classes are slower-paced and emphasize breathing and stress reduction. Limited space; preregistration recommended. This program is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail wlevents@columbiavillages.org.

Wellness programs : Programs are held at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Call 410-740-7602 or register online at hcgh.org.

* Three keys to mastering stress, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Learn to take control, build support systems and incorporate physical activity, time management and relaxation techniques into your life. Free.

* Happiest baby on the block, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. This class will teach parents-to-be of babies up to 3 months old successful techniques that can quickly soothe a crying newborn. $50 per couple; parent kit included.

* First aid course, adult basic, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn to effectively assess and treat a wide range of emergency ailments. Treatments covered are for adult victims and children over 8 years old. $60 includes book.

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