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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

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.


Three Inland Northwest residents dead in flu outbreak

Three Inland Northwest residents dead in flu outbreak

A deadly flu is sweeping across the United States right now, killing two people this week from Spokane County and another in Bonner County.

The Spokane Regional Health District says flu complications have killed 11 people in Washington this flu season while 135 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County, 104 more people than were hospitalized with the flu at this time last year. Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 account for 61 percent of the hospitalizations.

The intensity of the flu fluctuates from year to year depending on the strain. This year we are seeing the return of the H1N1 virus and that is sending a lot more people to the hospital.

Just before Christmas the Boyer family welcomed little Jackson into the world. The celebration, however, cut short when mom Amanda got sick.

"Really short of breath, coughing a lot then the next day, on Christmas my ears swelled up," Amanda Boyer said.

Sacred Heart admitted her with the flu, something that caught Amanda by surprise.

"The flu was just so intense it wasn't like normal I mean I've had the flu before and this was scary," said Boyer.

Hecla: Marek responsible for his own death

Owners of a Silver Valley mine say a worker killed there several years ago was responsible for his own death.

Larry Marek was killed in a tunnel collapse in the Lucky Friday Mine in 2011. His family is suing the Hecla mining company, saying the company put profit ahead of safety.

Federal investigators determined support pillars had been undercut to get to additional silver inside the mine and fined Hecla more than $300,000.

But in court documents filed in the case, Hecla says Marek and his brother weren't supposed to be working in that area of the mine. The company says that proves it didn't intentionally put the men in harm's way.

Authorities searching for missing Silver Valley teen

Authorities searching for missing Silver Valley teen

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing 18-year-old.

Dylan Parker of Kellogg was last seen by friends leaving a home near Osburn Saturday night. His mother got a call from him at about midnight asking her to pick him up at the Osburn Shell station. When she arrived he wasn't there.

The store clerk says a person matching his description got into a white car with Kootenai County plates.

Parker is described as 5'10", 150 pounds with brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 208-556-1114.

Utah pilot in N. Idaho crash enters Alford plea

A Utah pilot who crashed a plane at a northern Idaho airport has entered an Alford plea to reckless operation of an aircraft.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 56-year-old Donald Moss Muirhead of Orem entered the plea Thursday.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Muirhead was charged with flying under the influence of prescription medication after the Piper Aerostar went off the end of the Sandpoint airport runway and crashed on Sept. 23. Muirhead and his two passengers weren't injured.

As part of the agreement, Muirhead will be given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and have his pilot's license suspended for a year.

He must also pay $2,500 for damage at the airport.

Family of man killed in Afghanistan welcomed home

Several thousand area residents with flags waving packed streets in the northern Idaho town of Sandpoint to welcome back family members returning from the funeral of an Air Force captain killed in Afghanistan.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that people lined streets to show their support for the family of 28-year-old Air Force Capt. David Lyon of Sandpoint.
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The Defense Department says Lyon died Dec. 27 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kabul.
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He was buried Wednesday in the Air Force Academy's cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Some taking part in Saturday's show of support carried homemade signs.
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One read: "David Lyon: Hometown Hero, Always Remembered. Never Forgotten."