Subject: Update on the Coronavirus

Dear McGaw YMCA Community,

The coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread throughout the area and the health and safety of our members is our priority. At McGaw YMCA, our leadership is meeting regularly to ensure proper policies are in place and cleaning protocols are practiced to help protect our members, staff and visitors. 

At this time, we have no reported or confirmed cases or affiliations of the coronavirus connected to McGaw YMCA. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that our industry is considered a low risk category and should take the same basic precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as the common cold.

At McGaw we are increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, with particular attention being paid to high-touch points such as door handles, desks, railings and elevator buttons. 

Precautions you can take:
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Washing your hands often
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Using hand sanitzer and sanitzer wipes, which are available throughout the facility
We need your assistance. In an effort to prevent the spread of germs, please wipe down every piece of equipment you touch. Sanitizing wipes are available in the fitness center and hand sanitizer can be found throughout the building. Additional hand sanitzer dispensers are also being added near all elevator doors.

Regarding travel plans, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to and from countries under a CDC warning. These countries include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Hong Kong at this time and may expand to other countries in the near future.

McGaw YMCA is asking all members to practice personal vigilance for the good of our community. Anyone who meets the above criteria or has been exposed to the coronavirus is asked to please self-isolate for 14 days before visiting the Y. 

Please remember this virus is not distinguishable by race or nationality. Creating any kind of stigma around those who have contracted the disease is not only discriminatory but also likely to discourage early reporting and hinder efforts to limit its spread.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and EHHSD in executing emergency response plans and we will update you as the situation changes. 

Thank you for working with us to keep McGaw and our community healthy and safe.
Monique Parsons
McGaw YMCA President/CEO
1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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