March 24, 2020
Thank you for all that you are doing during this time of uncertainty in our world. The cancelation of our Annual Conference was a hard decision to make but it was the right decision to protect you and the people that you serve. As your new Executive Director of NC PACE Association, I hope that we can meet in the near future and I learn all about the roles you play in PACE. In my short 2 weeks with the Association I have spoken to so many passionate people that really care about the PACE programs and the elderly of our state. I am thrilled to be here and hope that you will reach out to me anytime. My contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time, we have worked with the Embassy Suites in Concord regarding new dates for our Conference. Please hold the dates of June 25-26, 2020 for our Annual Event. We are hopeful that we can move forward and bring all of us together in June. We will need some good laughs and lots of fellowship!
Stay tuned to your email for updated information on the Annual Conference. Please stay safe and healthy. I hope to meet each of you soon, Lynette
March 10, 2020
Last week, the Association decided to move forward as planned with our annual conference. We did so based on all available guidance and with the implementation of additional precautions for the health and safety of our attendees. We have continued to monitor and assess developments in this fluid situation on a constant basis.
Yesterday, the state announced 5 more people with presumptive cases of COVID-19 in NC. All traveled to a conference in Boston in late February; several cases across the country have also been tied to this same conference.
As of this morning, close to half of our participating PACE programs have prohibited travel, severely impacting not only our attendance, but our speakers as well.
Finally, as of noon, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.
As a result, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our attendees, and the frail elderly that they serve, to postpone our conference. We are exploring our options: rescheduling our conference at a later date, proceeding as a virtual event, and more. We will communicate with further updates and refund options.
We were very much looking forward to our gathering, and hope that all of the tremendous effort and investment by our speakers, organizers, sponsors, exhibitors and more can be harnessed towards a future event!
March 5, 2020
At the Association, we have been following closely the recent announcements of two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in North Carolina. The announcements represent isolated cases, and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in the state.
Because the CDC recognizes that the risk of getting COVID-10 in the US is currently low, we plan to continue with the conference as planned.
We are also requesting some common-sense precautions:
If you are sick, please stay home
- We will be a "handshake free" conference
- Wash your hands often, cover your cough or sneeze, and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are unwashed
For reliable, up-to-date information specific to North Carolina, you are encouraged to visit NC DHHS' website
. There is also information about what we all can do to combat fear and anxiety
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Association at email@example.com
Our conference hotel partner has also implemented the following with your health and safety in mind:
- Encouraging associates not come to work when they don’t feel well.
- Distributing information and reminders to associates emphasizing respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
- Placed safety posters in high traffic back of the house areas actively encouraging associates to stay home when sick, use safe practices when coughing and sneezing, and use proper hand washing techniques.
- Providing hand sanitizer dispensers for use by associates.
- Instructing associates to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or sanitize their hands often with alcohol-based hand wipes or sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol.
- In addition to soap and water, providing multiple locations of alcohol-based hand wipes and sanitizers throughout in the hotel for as long as they are available for the hotel to purchase.
- Required the review of Coronavirus Training videos available on the World Health Organization website.
- Throughout our associate population, departments have been assigned each shift, at frequent intervals, to sanitize all common areas including door handles, chairs, elevator buttons, Food & Beverage outlets, and all back of the house associate operation areas.
- Providing disposable wipes to associates so that commonly used surfaces (i.e., doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, phones, desks) can be wiped down before each use.
- Offering customers hand sanitizer in commonly used areas throughout the hotel such as the front desk, food & beverage outlets, and meeting rooms, for as long as they are available for the hotel to purchase.
- Continuing to use industry-leading cleaning agents and disinfectants provided by Ecolab.
- Closely monitoring CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), OSHA and multiple local authorities for developments that could impact operations and associates.
- Set up a communication network and a website on our Intranet to stay up-to-date on the Coronavirus.