March 12, 2020
DRD swimmers & families,
Those swimmer’s who were planning on competing in the 13 & Over State meet next weekend, please review the notice below from Michigan Swimming. Although disappointing, Michigan Swimming continues to put our swimmers and families best interest first in regards to health and safety.
We ask that all of our members continue to practice safe hygiene, and ask that if you are sick please stay home.
DRD will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to communicate any news we hear from Dearborn Public Schools, Michigan Swimming, and USA Swimming.
Please reach out with questions.
Members of Michigan Swimming,
It is with great disappointment that I write to inform you that Eastern Michigan University has suspended all events through the end of March. This includes the Michigan Swimming 13 & Over State Championship scheduled for March 19-22, 2020. The Michigan Swimming 13 & Over State Championship will not take place.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Although COVID-19 was first detected in China, it has now been detected in at least 60 locations internationally, including the United States and Michigan. Michigan Swimming is committed to following the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities, including the recent directive from Governor Whitmer to limit events of 100 people or more. Michigan Swimming maintains the strongest commitment to the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, and families.
It is not reasonable to hope COVID-19 will just go away, but if we can slow down its progress, we have a chance to avoid hospital overcrowding, decrease infections in at-risk populations, and decrease mortality from the disease. Most of us are a larger danger to others by spreading the COVID-19 virus than we are personally in danger from the virus. We should work to protect each other.
Given the above, and out of an abundance of caution, there are no plans to reschedule the competition at an alternate venue or at an alternate time. This was an extremely difficult decision, but it is one that Michigan Swimming believes is in the best interest of our broader swimming family.
We will continue to evaluate future programming and communicate any decisions at the appropriate time.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy during this incredibly challenging time.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.