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New England Swimming Corona Virus Message March 11, 2020

 COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS INFO)

Many of you have been in touch with New England Swimming expressing concern and asking questions regarding the impact of Corona virus, Covid-19, on our LSC. A task force was designated and met at WPI on Sunday to address the Covid-19 outbreak in New England. Data from the CDC, WHO, local DPH’s, and USA Swimming was presented, and after several hours a consensus was reached. These decisions are not made lightly as the health and safety of our athletes is our highest priority. Please know that we want our community to remain healthy and safe! The Departments of Public Health (DPHs) for the states in our LSC rate the risk of contracting Covid-19 to be “low” and the risk for flu as “high.” None of the DPHs are currently recommending cancellation of public events.
 
New England Swimming will continue to monitor the CDC website and other sources of vital information for changes and recommendations regarding Covid-19. New England Swimming will not be canceling any meets based on current information. If a facility or a meet host should cancel a meet, we will notify you as soon as that information is available. Colleges and universities are unique in that they may have a disproportionately larger population of international students. There are some colleges and universities in our LSC that have chosen to set limits regarding the size of public gatherings on their campuses, to mitigate potential risk. As always, the health and well-being of your children, our athletes, is of paramount importance. We understand that some of you may decide to keep your children at home rather than attend meets, based upon the information available to you, at this time. Only you can determine the best course of action for your family.
 
What can you do to mitigate risk for you and your family and keep your family safe and healthy?
Please practice these simple precautions that will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses like Covid-19 and educate your family to do the same:  
 
•        Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
•        Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and use hand sanitizer.
•        If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider!
•        Get the flu vaccine – it is not too late! Find more information on the flu and where to get a flu vaccine at your state or local DPH website! 
 
Attached, you will find information about Covid-19 and a link to your state’s Department of Public Health Covid-19 webpage. These pages are being updated daily with all the information available.