COVID-19 UPDATE from MS Swimming

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COVID-19 Update
Dear Mississippi Swimming Inc. members:
This has been an unprecedented week for us all, both personally and inside the
swimming community. In an effort to keep our members, families, and communities safe
during this time, it is the determination of Mississippi Swimming to join USA Swimming,
with the guidance of the federal and state governments, in recommending a 14-day halt
of all organized swim team functions. Furthermore, as of today, the CDC made a
recommendation of events of no greater than 50 persons for the next eight weeks.
We urge members to consider this for the health and safety of our communities at large.
From consultation with other LSCs and USA Swimming’s George Ward, Senior Director
of Risk Management, we believe this initial step is the first of many we will use as we
continue to gather new information during this time. Furthermore, exposure to injury or
contraction of COVID-19 during this recommended pause from operations may result in
a denied coverage of USA Swimming liability insurance.
Please know that as a swimming community this hurts every program across the nation.
Like many programs, Thursday was a whirlwind as many teams were at swim meets
that were cancelled while competition was in session. Every club in the country is in a
similar position and we encourage teams to work together.
Thank you to all teams who have already made decisions about the well-being of their
programs. At the end of the day, we hope this is viewed as an over-reaction, but we will
not really know, unless it turns out to be an under-reaction.
Be well, safe, and optimistic during this time. Surround yourself with the facts as much
as possible as misinformation is prevalent. Please see below more information from our
national health organizations and USA Swimming on what we can all do to help
decelerate the spread of COVID-19 and return to normalcy as soon as possible.
We continue to stress the importance of preventing the spread of infection and share
the following information being circulated by healthcare officials:
1. Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing;
2. 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;
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
4. 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;
5. Stay home if you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team
members;
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
7. Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their
recommendations.
Everyone is encouraged to seek further information using the CDC and the WHO
websites:
• CDC Summary
• WHO Advice for the Public
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed
to your local healthcare provider.
This remains a dynamic situation and we will update our decisions and
recommendations on a regular basis.