Subject: Coronavirus Precautions at the McGaw YMCA

Dear McGaw YMCA Community,

As we learn more about coronavirus, COVID-19, and cases that are reported in Cook County, we want to share the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we continue to work closely with the Evanston Health and Human Services Department (EHHSD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure we have the most current and accurate information to help protect our members from the spread of any illness.

The best way to protect ourselves against respiratory illness, including COVID-19 according to the CDC, is to continue to practice good health habits which include:

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands with soap or sanitizer.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes are available throughout McGaw YMCA’s facilities and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before and after their visits to the Y.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and EHHSD in executing emergency response plans. Please stay tuned for additional information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IDPH Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

Visit the CDC’s website for more information at

Thank you for working with us to keep McGaw healthy and safe.

Monique Parsons
McGaw YMCA President/CEO
1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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