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SAFEGUARDING OUR HEALTH
YMCA’S RESPONSE TO COVID19 CORONAVIRUS

SAFEGUARDING OUR HEALTH

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA is committed to safeguarding the health of our members and staff. As we monitor the possible spread of COVID-19 in our community, we want to keep you informed about what the Y is doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our facility and how you can help.

WHAT THE Y IS DOING

At the Y, you can expect to see our staff cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, phones, banisters, and handrails, etc., throughout the facility. We have added additional staff hours to ensure consistent cleaning of common surface areas.

Our hospital grade disinfectant spray has a 30 second disinfection window unlike other products that take longer.

We have increased the number of hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout our facility.  Please use hand sanitizer during your visit to our Y.

We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with the sanitizing gym wipes that we provide for your own protection against germs.

YMCA staff that are ill will be sent home and asked to stay out of work until they are symptom free.

We are asking members who may be ill with a contagious condition to stay home and return to the Y when they are feeling better.

Our pools use ultraviolet water purification, which is the most effective method for disinfecting water, destroying up to 99.99% of harmful microorganisms.  Ultraviolet water purification destroys illness causing microorganisms by attacking their genetic core (DNA). This powerful dose of UV light (wavelength of 253.7 nanometers) eliminates their ability to reproduce and the organisms simply die.

The Y remains open to serve our community. Any facility and/or schedule adjustments will be communicated first via our App followed closely by our website and social accounts, Facebook and Twitter.

All YMCA employees have been briefed and given information on steps they can take to keep themselves healthy as well as how to implement preventative measures within the Y.

We are monitoring closely, and following guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Wilton Health Department, and the CT Department of Public Health.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

PREVENTIONTIPS YOU CAN TAKE

The Town of Wilton has adopted the CDC’s Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI) recommended approach for a pandemic, even though a pandemic has not been officially declared.  NPI is a three-pronged approach:

PERSONAL                  ENVIRONMENTAL                  COMMUNITY

Personal: All residents are asked to take personal responsibility for their health and the health of their family members through active monitoring of their health.  This should include twice daily temperature checks and the following preventative measures:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds and use of hand sanitizers, with at least 60% alcohol, when soap is not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cough into a tissue and then throw the tissue away. If tissues aren’t available, cough into your elbow
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Contact your personal physician if you have concerns about your health

Environmental:

  • Use extra care to clean and disinfect surfaces, including door handles, cell phones and keyboards
  • Use household products specifically designed to disinfect

Community:  All residents are asked to practice social distancing.

  • Maintain a distance between yourself and others. Six feet is ideal, three feet is a recommended minimal distance
  • When attending public events, leave a seat between you and the person adjacent and behind you