Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Preventing the Spread of Illness, A Letter from our Chief Operations Officer
Dear YMCA Community,
We are sending this email in the spirit of wellness for our members and the community and in alignment with CDC recommendations. With the increased media attention and heightened awareness of the coronavirus in mind, along with it being peak cold and flu season, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of general precautions you and your family can take to stay well and keep our community safe:
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with those who show signs of illness
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Cover your sneeze and cough with a tissue
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Here at the Y, you can:
- Keep you and/or your child home when sick
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wipe down fitness equipment before and after use
- Use hand sanitizer, located throughout the building, after touching frequently used items
- Use and dispose of tissues, located throughout the building, as needed
- Shower before using the pool and/or whirlpool
Child Care, Stay & Play and Youth Programming:
We ask for your cooperation in keeping our programs healthy for all children. Per our member handbook, and DHS licensing requirements, children are to be kept home or will be sent home if demonstrating the following:
- Minimum temperature of 101 degrees orally or 100 from the armpit (this excludes reactions children may be having from immunizations). Note: Children need to be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to care or programming.
- Children receiving antibiotics may return after 24 hours of medication or at the direction of a doctor’s note.
- A behavior change making the child unable to participate; for example sluggish, sleepy and/or inconsolable.
- If stool is not contained in the diaper.
- Exceeds 2 or more loose stools; or stools are abnormal for that child.
- Vomiting 2 or more times while at school. May return 24 hours after vomiting has stopped.
- Bronchitis, which is an upper respiratory infection with severe coughing and mucous. May return as per direction of doctor’s note.
- Severe cold with fever, coughing, sneezing, and nose drainage. May return when symptoms are gone or with the direction of a doctor’s note.
- Whooping Cough. May return as per direction of doctor’s note.
- Rashes that have oozing/open wound. May return after rash has disappeared or as per direction of doctor’s note.
- Ringworm. Red circular patches on skin and heads. Must consult physician and may not return for 24 hours and as per direction of doctor’s note.
- Chicken Pox. May not return until pox have healed and as per direction of doctor’s note.
- Measles. May not return for at least five school days, rash has disappeared, and with direction of doctor’s note.
- Mumps. May return after fever and swelling are gone and with the direction of a doctor’s note.
- Head lice. May return once the child has been treated. Staff will check the child before readmitting.
At the Y, we offer programs for our entire community, including individuals at risk for serious complications when contracting illness such as those in treatment for cancer, seniors and infants.
We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe.
Chief Operations Officer