Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 55 to 64 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 37 to 47 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph after midnight.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of rain...a 50 percent chance of snow near the crest. Windy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 51 to 61 at 5000 feet...43 to 49 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

No additional entries today. 

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

New Vehicle Stickers

Are you an employee working in Yosemite National Park? If so, and you have already gotten a new YNP-18 (seasonal) or YNP-20 (permanent) sticker for your windshield, thank you! All purple YNP-17 stickers expired at the end of 2017. Please obtain a new one as soon as possible. 

NPS employees, bring your vehicle registration to your division representative. See Sharepoint for details. Employees of Yosemite Hospitality, NatureBridge, Ansel Adams Gallery, etc. must obtain new stickers through their respective organization. (P. Davis)

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Yosemite Valley Fuel Station 

The Y8 Fuel Station in Yosemite Valley is now fully operational and excepting GSA credit cards. Please contact Tony Paladino, Acting Chief of Concessions Management (372-0274)  if you have any problems. (T. Paladino)

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Incident Qualification Card (Red Card)

If you are planning on applying for Incident Qualification Card (Red Card) for this year, please start submitting any IQCS training or experience you have completed. The Sharepoint site will be updated with the 2018 material and a following notification will be sent.  (C. Mitchell)

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Flu Season

Lastweek, the California Department of Public Health announced that flu activity in California is widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season.  Recently, Yosemite Medical Clinic has seen an uptick in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like illness.

 

It is not too late in the flu season to get a flu shot.  Since Yosemite Medical Clinic has only very few doses of flu vaccine remaining (and please do feel free to call 209-372-4637 for vaccine availability), we recommend finding locations in communities outside the park where vaccine may be available; this site can help: https://vaccinefinder.org/ Additionally, the Mariposa County Health Department offers flu shots on an appointment basis - call 209-966-3689.

 

Background:

 

- The flu virus causes a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms that include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

- Flu may be mild in some people but can cause hospitalization and even death in others. People at higher risk for flu complications include children younger than 5 and especially younger than 2 years of age, pregnant women, the elderly, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and people with weakened immune systems or who have underlying medical conditions.

- There is an annual seasonal flu vaccine, which is currently available.

- Although the vaccine is not 100% effective, it can prevent disease, reduce the risk for hospitalization, and may make illness milder if you do get sick.

 

Recommendations:

 

Everyone 6 months of age and older, with very few exceptions, should get a flu vaccine shot. Flu shots can be obtained through your health care provider and at multiple pharmacies.  

 

If you do develop symptoms of flu, you should:

- Stay home and avoid contact with other people. If appropriate for your job, discuss the possibility of telework with your supervisor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.

- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

Many people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. However, if symptoms continue to worsen or become severe (including difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting) or you are at higher risk for flu complications, contact your healthcare provider. Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications, not available over the counter.

 

For more information about flu go to CDC's influenza website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

 

For more information or for the originally circulated alert from the NPS Office of Public Health, please contact George_Carroll@nps.gov.  (C. Griffin, M. Doyle)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

Art Center Demolition

The AAC demolition is completed except for the sand removal under the building. This will require a contract modification and so the project is on hold until the modification is completed by PWR, likely in late January - early February. Completion of the sand removal is expected by early February.  (D. Miller)

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Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project

This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)

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Wawona Road Delays Update 1/11

Around South Entrance: There will be 30-minute delays (Mon.-Fri.) with single lane traffic control 6AM to 6PM as crews continue finalizing the remaining road punchlist items (striping, smoothness grinding, cleanup, etc.) around the South Entrance Intersection. Weather permitting the delays will continue through January 19th. The crews will also be working this coming Saturday with 15-minute delays in an effort to complete the remaining weather dependent Wawona Road work before the expected cold weather next week.

 

Between the Rostrum and the Wawona Tunnel: There will be up to 15-minute delays 6AM to 6PM on Thursday and Friday this week (1/11&12/18) as crews complete placing the final pavement markings along this area of the Wawona Road.  (M. Pieper)


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