H1N1 vaccine on the way

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor

A vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus should be in Quay County by November, Quay County commissioners learned at their meeting Monday morning.

Jeanne Moralez, a Quay County health nurse, said 300,000 units of the vaccine will be distributed throughout New Mexico.

“All those units have to be divided up among the state, but we should get a good number,” Moralez said.

The exact number of units targeted for Quay County is unknown.

The Quay County Public Health Office will also be setting up a roundtable on the threat of a pandemic on Oct. 15. The roundtable will discuss an actual threat, what to do and the possible outcomes.

The office will also begin giving free flu shots on Oct. 2.

Commissioners also approved Quay County Manager Richard Primrose’s application for a local DWI grant. The grant would allow the county to have treatment for people with DWIs. Primrose also reported the county’s audit is in process and could be finished by Oct. 15, a month before the Nov. 15 deadline.

Quay County Road Superintendent Larry Moore reported mowers will be back out so the county can get caught up. He also said the department will focus its road work more on the school bus routes.

“The school bus routes are the most important,” Chairman Franklin McCasland said.

The commissioners approved all resolutions brought to the table by Quay County Fire Marshal Donald Adams. The county approved to buy the following:

• Pumper for Porter fire district

• Building addition to the Forrest district

• Pumper for the Bard-Endee district

• Pumper for the Jordan district

• Pumper for the Nara Visa district

• Initial attack gear (for firefighters going inside burning buildings) for Quay district.