March 22, 2020
Good morning Georgia Swimming
We know many of you have questions and concerns, and we have been working hard to stay up-to-date with the latest information to help our LSC the best we can. There are two updates this morning:
1. Open Water Zones is cancelled
2. GA Swimming will adopt USA Swimming's recent guidelines posted on March 17th.
USA Swimming's letter is posted below, followed by the steps Georgia Swimming has decided to take. Please follow federal, state, or local guidelines to stay safe!
MARCH 17, 2020 LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
In prioritizing the health and
wellness of all our members, USA Swimming has made the decision to
suspend all our events, camps, conferences, or any occasion that
requires individuals to travel and gather until April 30th. As of
March 17th, the CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to
gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, citing
the risk of the coronavirus.
This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. This should also include team training and practices. In light of the current situation, beyond the previously announced cancellation of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo and the postponement of the combined Open Water National and Junior National Championships, USA Swimming is mandating the cancellation of all its sanctioned events across the U.S. through April 30, 2020. This will be continuously reassessed based on health and governmental authorities’ information.
We continue to stress the importance of preventing the spread of infection and share the following information being circulated by healthcare officials:
- Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands;
- Stay home if you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team members;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
- Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.
- CDC Coronavirus Website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- WHO Coronavirus Website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- SOPC Updates https://www.teamusa.org/Coronavirus-Updates
- Department of Homeland Security Supplemental Instructions for Inbound Flights with Individuals Who Have Been In China https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/02/02/dhs-issues-supplemental-instructions-i nbound-flights-individuals-who-have-been-china?utm_source=hp_slideshow &utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=dhsgov
- U.S. Department of State: Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-informati on.html
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider. Our leadership team has been meeting daily to discuss the most up-to-date information and the associated effects on our membership. This remains a dynamic situation and we will update our decisions and recommendations on a regular basis.
The guidelines outlined in the above letter from USA Swimming have been adopted by Georgia Swimming.
Georgia Swimming has taken the following steps:
- All sanctions, previously granted for meets being held before April 30, 2020 have been revoked and appropriate notice should be sent out by all meet host effected.
- All sanctions previously granted for meets occurring after the April 30, 2020 date have likewise been revoked per USA Swimming based on a letter sent to all LSC from Bob Vincent, USA Swimming Board Chair and Tim Hinchey III, USA Swimming President and CEO. (copy of letter can be found on the Georgia Swimming webpage)
- Sanctions requests submitted for events post April 30, 2020 will be held by the Sanction Chair until such time as we receive permission to issue sanctions again.
- The Georgia Swimming BOD is discussing option for the April 18, 2020 LSC Spring meeting and looking at alternative solutions for conducting LSC business that was scheduled for that meeting. Watch for an announcement about the LSC Spring Meeting in the next few days.
- Georgia Swimming has formed a COVID-19 Task Force that is currently meeting weekly (or more frequently as developments mandate) and is monitoring the ever evolving situation.
The Task Force will be posting updated information and helpful links for swimmers, coaches and clubs to deal with these unusual times. Look for that information in the next day or two, to be posted on this website and sent out to clubs via email.
From the Georgia Swimming LSC Board – Please stay safe and adhere to all national, state, regional and local regulations and guidelines; for your health and the health of all those around you. To find updates and resources, please go to gaswim.org and to the "Resources" tab which has a COVID-19 subtab.