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YMCA of Bucks County membership branches, youth education centers and school-age child care are closed.

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Micro Fog and ElectroStatic Application Disinfecting of Our Doylestown Branch

03.06.2020

Posted 3.6.20
8:30 pm

Dear Doylestown Members,

At YMCA of Bucks County, we fully understand that the spirit of health and wellbeing includes trust and peace of mind in your wellness provider. Today, after the closing of five schools within Central Bucks School District due to potential coronavirus exposure, we moved to immediate action in securing an outside professional company to deep clean and sanitize our entire Doylestown campus - including the main facility, Clubhouse, Teen Center and mobile studios.

Having learned this evening that the individuals exposed to the coronavirus have tested negative for the virus, we are electing to continue to move forward with disinfecting our facility as a precautionary measure and to protect your members and staff against cold and flu viruses.

Best of all, we are able to perform this sanitation without the negative impact of facility closure. Friday evening, March 6, into the early morning, the company Medicleaning, will perform Micro Fog and ElectroStatic Application Disinfecting. 

Used in medical facilities, college universities, and clean room situations that require high level disinfection, ElectroStatic Application Disinfecting is a positive charged application of disinfecting agents for more complete coverage. Micro Fog allows the disinfecting agent to penetrate areas not accessible by normal cleaning practices. The system works by delivering a powerful flow of charged particles that are attracted to surfaces with a force stronger than gravity, allowing the solution to easily reach and uniformly coat surfaces including germ hotspots like the sides, underside, and backside of surfaces, where conventional cleaning methods might miss. 

Through the use of a CDC and CBC recommended cleaning agent, the service kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds including Coronavirus, MRSA, Norovirus, and cold/flu viruses, and more in 2 minutes or less. Unlike using a spray bottle and rag, this process provides 100% coverage and is ideal for large area facilities such as schools, airports, work camps and healthcare buildings.

We thank Medicleaning for their quick response this evening, but most of all, we thank you, our members, for continuing to practice CDC guidelines in relationship to combating the spread of the Coronavirus. We look forward to serving you tomorrow, at the Y! 

Yours in good health,

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Trish Feinthel, Chief Operations Officer 

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Important Health Information, An update from Trish Feinthel, Chief Operations Officer

Posted 3.6.20 at 3:30 pm

Dear YMCA of Bucks County Community,

We are aware of Central Bucks School District’s decision to close five of its schools today due to individuals within the district having been exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus. With this in mind, we have consulted with Bucks County Department of Health and Doylestown Health regarding potential risks at all of our facilities across Bucks County. Both organizations have indicated there is no increased risk to YMCA members, participants, guests and staff. Their recommendation is that we continue our thorough cleaning practices and remind everyone to follow the CDC recommendations listed below.

Understanding that the coronavirus is transmitted like the common flu virus and can be easily eliminated with good cleaning and personal hygiene practices, YMCA of Bucks County will continue daily active cleaning of surfaces in conjunction with nightly deep cleaning and sanitization of our facilities and equipment, including both our full service branches and child care centers. Our primary form of cleaning at closing and all throughout the day in child care and Stay & Play is through the application of a bleach/water solution (as approved by the EPA and CDC). In our fitness centers we provide Envirox H2Orange2 for our members and staff to use throughout the day when wiping down equipment.   

Additionally, to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in our facilities, we are requiring that all members and guests follow CDC guidelines with particular attention to:

  1. If you or someone in your household has a fever, do not enter our facilities.
  2. Stay home if you are sick or have potentially been exposed to the virus.
  3. Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth.
  4. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. All child care students are to wash hands upon entry and exit of a youth education center.
  5. Clean frequently touched surfaces, including wiping down equipment before and after use.
  6. If soap and water are not available, use 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer, available in our facilities.

We have placed additional boxes of tissues, receptacles, and hand sanitizer throughout our facilities to make adherence to the guidelines easier.

You can find additional resources about the coronavirus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website which is updated frequently with information about the coronavirus.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remains a priority and we are committed to taking all precautionary measures to ensure your wellbeing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

Yours in good health,

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Trish Feinthel
Chief Operations Officer