March 2, 2020
The response and info sharing of PDST on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear PDST members,
With recent coronavirus developments in WA areas, PDST has been diligently monitoring the spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We keep tracking what is happening locally, following local advisories and advisors, which we continue to do since January.
Because the health and safety of PDST swimmers, parents, coaches, and staff ARE the top priority, we would like to share with you the latest PDST schedules CHANGES, information, resources, and examples of proactive steps we are taking to help safeguard our members’ health.
What is PDST about to do to avoid any negative impaction of COVID-19?
1) Hazen High school is closed today after one of its students and their parent was reported flu-like symptoms. PDST decided to suspend training at Hazen on Tuesday 3/3, Wednesday 3/4, Thursday 3/5. Any further rearrangement of training at Hazen will be announced and posted on the PDST website in advance.
2) PDST and PDBC will temporarily stop monthly birthday party for our swimmers, and also cancel all dryland practice for now until further notification. All in-water practices at MW, JCC, and BAC are following the regular schedule currently.
What’s next for PDST's action?
PDST will continue to update our members about COVID-19 as more information becomes available and how it may impact the training. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and are closely following the guidance issued by public health authorities.
All PDST training pools and all swim meets in Mar & April are in the Seattle area. Area schools that have closed have done so out of an abundance of caution based on illness in their school community that had not yet been ruled out as coronavirus. To date, this has not occurred at the PDST's decision to suspend all training and meet attendance.
With abundant caution, PDST is asking our swimmers and parents to be aware of the evolving situation, and monitor the PDST announcement via email or news announcements regarding its training schedule changes or cancellations.
What can we do as a swim team to help prevent the spread of illnesses like flu and coronavirus?
The Department Of Health (DOH) identifies handwashing as the best defense against any virus or illness. It is especially important to wash your hands before eating.
Be cautious when parents and swimmers are in the locker room or on the spectator area during the training and swim meet. Ask swimmers not to stay in the locker room for a long time, keep distance when talking with each other, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless your hands are clean.
If you are sick, please stay at home. While global attention is focused on the coronavirus, we want to remind our PDST members that many types of Influenza are a concern at this time of year and it's important to protect yourself and others. As a reminder, you should stay home instead of showing up at the pool facility if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you suspect you may have been exposed to the coronavirus and are not experiencing life-threatening conditions like shortness of breath, please call your doctor’s office. Nurses and doctors will be able to advise whether you need to be seen. Please report it to the PDST coach as well.
Where can you find accurate information about COVID-19?
Washington State Health Department coronavirus page is informative and is updated daily;
Where should questions be directed?
The Washington State DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
We appreciate your partnership as we all continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.