RSV – It’s more than just a cold

As the temperatures turn colder, many of us are spending more time indoors. Colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months. People are inside more often, allowing viruses to pass easily from one person to another. And the cold, dry air may help them spread. In addition, holidays are coming up when many of us will gather with family, friends, co-workers and loved ones.

You may have heard about RSV infections and associated emergency department visits and hospitalizations are on the rise, especially among infants and young children, with some U.S. regions nearing seasonal peak levels earlier than average.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. It’s the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children younger than age one in the United States.

Watch now as Dr. Calandra Green, Oakland County Health Officer, and Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director, discuss RSV and how you can protect yourself and others:

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Keep Food Safety on Your Holiday Menu

The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s a great time to enjoy special meals with loved ones. Whether you’re a pro at hosting the holiday meal or this will be your very first time, it’s important to follow and practice food safety tips. Oakland County Health Division put together a helpful list of safety tips that includes cleaning, separating, cooking, and chilling your food.

  • Clean: Wash your hands with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Separate: Keep meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods at the grocery store and in the refrigerator. Prevent juices from dripping or leaking onto other foods by keeping them in containers or sealed plastic bags.
  • Cook: Cook food thoroughly. Meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs can carry germs that cause food poisoning. Use a food thermometer to ensure these foods have been cooked to a safe internal temperature. Keep food out of the danger zone between 40°F and 140°F where bacteria can grow rapidly. After food is prepared, keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Chill: Refrigerate or freeze any perishable food within 2 hours.

Holiday Meal Safety Tips:

Turkey and stuffing are festive favorites, but they come with additional food safety concerns. Keep your holidays healthy by following extra precaution when preparing and serving holiday staples and don’t forget the four steps to food safety for your entire feast.

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey Tips

Cooking a turkey requires planning and preparation; get started using these tips from the USDA.

  • Buy the turkey a few days before you plan to cook it.
  • Refrain from buying a pre-stuffed turkey. USDA recommends only buying frozen pre-stuffed turkeys that display the USDA or State mark of inspection on the packaging.
  • Thaw turkey in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water (change the water every 30 minutes), or in the microwave. Avoid thawing foods on the counter. A turkey must thaw at a safe temperature to prevent harmful germs from growing rapidly.
  • Remember that thawing the turkey takes 24 hours in the refrigerator for every four to five pounds, and cold water thawing takes 30 minutes per pound.
  • Be sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking.
  • Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 ºF.
  • Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2-2 1/2 inches deep.
  • Cook stuffing separately from the turkey for optimum safety.
  • Check the internal temperature with a food thermometer and ensure it is at least 165 ºF.
  • Let the bird sit for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

Stuffing

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has a special section devoted to stuffing in their Talking Turkey guide.

  • Cook all stuffing and dressing to a minimum temperature of 165 ºF, whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird. For optimum safety, cooking your stuffing in a separate casserole dish is recommended.
  • Prepare and put stuffing in the turkey immediately before it’s placed into the oven.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients for the stuffing separately and combine just before using.
  • Stuff the turkey loosely, about 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey.
  • Bake any extra stuffing in a greased casserole dish.

Need more tips for preparing your feast? Call USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. The Hotline is open year-round Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET (English or Spanish). USDA’s automated response system can provide food safety information 24/7 and a live chat during Hotline hours. Check out the Oakland County Health Division website for additional food safety tips.

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A Cold Weather Secret of Painted Turtles

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

It has been said that October was the big spender, with the paycheck going to bird migrations, fantastic tree colors, and the fluff of milkweed pods floating freely in the wind. It was also the perfect weather for Painted Turtles to bask in sunlight, and that’s what they were doing. Some of them were even perfectly positioned to be captured by my camera, others coated with duckweed, slipped back into the water with barely a splash at my not-so-stealthy approach.

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Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Coats for the Cold

Donations for the 35th annual Coats for the Cold coat drive are being accepted until November 30th, 2022. Sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, gently-used or new coats can be dropped off at one of their drop-off sites around Oakland County. Donated coats will be sent to various local charitable organizations who distribute the coats to community members in need.

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Oakland County Veterans Day Events

Oakland County Veterans Memorial

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served America in both war and peace, and have made incredible sacrifices to protect our nation. Many Oakland County cities, villages, and townships host Veterans Day events to honor America’s armed forces. Use our list below to observe Veterans Day 2022 and pay tribute at an event near you. There is also a list of Veteran and military discounts available on Veterans Day and all year long, as well as services and events available from the Oakland County Veterans’ Services team.

Birmingham

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at Shain Park

Farmington

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at the Costick Center

Highland Township

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at Veteran’s Park on the corner of W. Livingston and N. John St

Holly

Nov. 11: Great Lakes National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony

Lake Orion

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Orion Center

Lyon Township

Nov. 2: Michigan War Dog Memorial presentation at the Lyon Township Public Library

Novi

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Novi Civic Center

Nov. 11: Veteran Salute Presentation at the Novi Police Training Center

Oakland County Parks

Nov. 11: Free Park Entry for ALL to Oakland County Parks: Addison Oaks County Park, Highland Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park, Lyon Oaks County Park and Lyon Oaks Dog Park, Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Red Oaks Dog Park and Rose Oaks County Park.

Oakland Township

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Tribute of Oakland Township

Rochester

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the Rochester Community House

Rochester Hills

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Pointe Park

Royal Oak

Nov. 5: 2.2 Mile Ruck March

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial in Centennial Common

Southfield

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremony at Southfield City Hall

Troy

Nov. 11: Troy Veterans Day Ceremony at Troy Veterans Plaza

West Bloomfield

Nov. 8: Heroes Appreciation Breakfast at the West Bloomfield Middle School

Do you know of any other Veterans Day events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.

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