Maintaining a Healthy Environment
We’d like to keep you informed about what the YMCA of Western North Carolina is doing to help keep you healthy and safe during the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
First and foremost, we continue to follow the expert advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are closely monitoring updates from the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), state of North Carolina, local health departments, and our school system partners.
The Y has developed action plans and specific efforts to maintain a healthy environment across all our facilities. We are:
- enhancing our cleaning protocols to give focused attention to all surfaces, equipment, and common areas
- actively reinforcing the preventative measures outlined by the CDC and ensuring that additional hand sanitizing stations and wipes to clean equipment are available in all our facilities
- posting signage in all our facilities to remind people how they can help prevent the spread of illness
- reminding parents of children in our youth programs of our illness policy and incorporating preventive measures in all programs
Maintaining a healthy environment
Health officials continue to advise us on the importance of being vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of illness. All of us can support a healthy Y and community by following these common-sense precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds per hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Wipe down equipment and weights with Y-provided supplies (not your own towel) after use. Be thorough.
- The 'elbow bump' is your new high-five or handshake when you meet a friend or make a new acquaintance.
- Stay home when you or someone in your household is ill or has symptoms such as a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath.
All of us at the Y understand that many are concerned about this issue, and we send our best wishes to those already affected.
Based on the actions we’ve taken and the expert guidance we’ve received, all YMCA facilities and child care sites remain open. If this issue escalates across the communities we serve, we will take the necessary precautions to ensure that you and our staff are safe. Your health and safety will continue to be our highest priority as we make those decisions.
You may find these resources helpful:
- The CDC provides regular updates and facts about the virus.
- The U.S. State Department issues travel advisories.
- Learn more about North Carolina's emergency response from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Thank you for working with us to ensure the health of your fellow members, our YMCA, and the community. We look forward to seeing you soon.