Over the past two days we have had experienced increased inquiries regarding Y operations and programs as cases of the coronavirus are starting to increase in the state of Maryland. We will continue to work closely with city, county and state officials and plan to follow protocols and directives. Interruptions to services and programs may become necessary to help protect the health and safety of our community. Updates will be posted regularly here and on our website that will help to streamline and quickly disseminate the information.
Washington County Government held a press conference on Monday, March 9, 2020 regarding the County’s commitment to coordinate information, establishment of a plan for first responders and hospital staff and to address any resource needs that may arise. They communicated that currently the County remains at low risk and encouraged citizens to not panic but to prepare and plan. They also encouraged citizens to stay informed with credible and accurate information.
The Washington County Health Department will provide updates of this rapidly evolving situation as information becomes available.
With reported case now in the State of Maryland we wanted to provide you with updates and additional information. Governor Larry Hogan addressed the state last night to provide information about the statewide response. Here at the Y, we have increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing the facility with special emphasis on high use areas.
In addition please check the Maryland State Department of Health website for information and resources.
The Hagerstown YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.
Our Y is regularly cleaned by our facilities staff and special care is taken to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. Additionally, our facility uses the Clorox 360 machine to sanitize all areas of the building. The 360 machine uses an electrostatic spray to cover every nook and cranny of any surface with disinfectant.
We are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged for everyone participating in programs and activities as well as for visitors and spectators.
Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider.
While no one can predict with certainty whether the United States will be severely impacted by coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. We will keep everyone updated with information as it develops.
Additionally, we encourage you to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.