March 11, 2020
Dear Valued YMCA Member,
At the YMCA of Greater Springfield, the health of our members is a top priority. In response to the growing concern about coronavirus (COVID-19), we are sharing what we know about the virus so far, what the YMCA of Greater Springfield is doing to prevent the spread of the illness, and what you can do.
What We Know about the Coronavirus
The coronavirus is a novel respiratory disease that has been spreading globally since late 2019. It presents a threat due to its newness, its contagiousness, and the lack of a vaccine or a clear treatment plan. The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health officials are the trusted sources for the most accurate information, as well as updates on the status of vaccines and treatments that are currently in development.
The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan China, has now spread to other countries and presents a higher health risk in people who have visited, or come into contact with people from the following exposed countries; South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.
Coronavirus is highly infectious. It is estimated that about 80 percent of people who are affected experience mild symptoms. Also, it has been reported that children do not appear to be more susceptible to coronavirus than adults.
What the YMCA of Greater Springfield is Doing
We are taking the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Staff will wipe down all fitness equipment touch points on the wellness floor at least three times daily.
Increase frequency of cleaning of faucets, door handles and water fountains.
Encourage everyone to wipe down equipment before and after use.
Require staff to stay home if sick and remain home for 24 hours after symptoms stop if illness is flu-like.
What You Can Do
Upon entering or exiting the Y, utilize the hand sanitizer located in the branch.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before leaving the Y and especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow if necessary.
Stay Informed – The CDC provides a comprehensive overview of “What You Should Know About the Coronavirus”
Stay Home – if you are feeling sick or have recently traveled to a location with confirmed COVID-19 cases, do not go to public places or take public transportation.
Practice Good Hygiene – Good habits include the ones provided above.
The YMCA of Greater Springfield is deeply committed to the health and wellness of all. We will continue to monitor the situation, communicate openly, and support you and your family by providing safe and nurturing places for everyone we serve. We are stronger together, and together we will get through this.
President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Springfield