Stay Healthy and Safe!!

The COO Corner – A Message from Michael Kelly, COO

Thank you for your warm welcome and feedback – I have enjoyed receiving input and sharing thoughts about how to improve our YMCA.

As your health and well-being are of paramount importance as well as one of the YMCA’s core missions is Healthy Living, I chose for this month’s topic – Coronavirus (or more specifically 2019 Novel Coronavirus {“2019-nCoV” or “covid-19”}

There has been a lot of press related to covid-19 as it started in Wuhan City/Hubei Province, China and has now spread to more than 30 countries and affected more than 80,000 people globally.  As there have been cases that have reached the US, and the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) has recently reported it is not a matter of “if” the US will be impacted but “when” and “how many”, there is a heightened awareness and concern.

I have been researching within the YMCA network as well as Greenwich and CT Departments of Health to get the latest information; the latter two organizations both defer/refer to CDC.  See the CDC link for 2019-nCoV –

At this time, current CDC status is – Imported cases of covid-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of covid-19 also has been reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. On February 25, CDC confirmed covid-19 in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with covid-19 (unknown exposure). At the time of this letter (February 29), there are now a handful of cases this virus is spreading in the community in the United States.

The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for China is currently a Level 4- Do Not Travel to China due to covid-19.  That said, there are no state or local restrictions currently being applied in Greenwich, CT or NYS/NYC and NJ – where our members either live or work.

The CDC suggested guidelines for addressing covid-19 include:

  • Stay home if ill
  • Clean and disinfect high traffic surfaces frequently
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • if not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Sneeze into a tissue or sleeve (not hand)
  • If you have not already received, it is not too late to get a flu shot.

We strongly advocate that you follow the guidelines outlined above – they are basic measures that can minimize your chances of being infected, if exposed.

I also want you to be aware that we at the Y are taking additional/supplemental steps that include:

  • Having our cleaning company concentrate on high-transmission surfaces (door knobs, hand rails, bleachers, etc.)
  • The Wellness staff clean all workout benches/equipment every two hours
    • We have increased our frequency from our “normal” practice of every four hours.
  • Advocating the increased use of our disinfectant wipes and sanitizer
    • We appreciate if you would use before and after using weights, mats, equipment, etc.
    • We are increasing our inventory for both.
  • Continuing to maintain our pool chemical balance in accordance with state guidelines to assure non-transmission within the pool
    • Wear sandals/flip flops in pool area
  • Use your judgment/do not touch surfaces in steam room and sauna.

I will continue to monitor the situation for our Y and keep you posted if anything changes.

Stay healthy and safe! ~ Michael