The Mesa County Health Department is reporting a new hospitalized case of the H1N1 virus in the Grand Valley.
Spokesperson Kristy Emerson tells 11 News this case, involving a woman age 35 to 40 was reported to the Health Department Tuesday afternoon. She says as of Wednesday, the woman has been released and is recovering.
This latest case brings the total number of hospitalized H1N1 cases in Mesa County to five. The Mesa County Health Department says it only tracks severe cases of the flu that require hospitalization.
Officials want to remind residents there are several ways they can help prevent the spread of the flu:
-Wash your hands with soap and hot water or hand sanitizer frequently
-Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm
-Get vaccinated for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu when a vaccine is available
-If you start to develop flu like symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with people