By Henry Wallmeyer, NCA President & CEO
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that spreads from person-to-person contact. The virus was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. Currently dozens of countries have cases of COVID-19, and more than 100,000 people including thousands of Americans have been infected. The World Health Organization provides guidance and information on the outbreak.
Much is still unknown about the rapidly evolving situation and there is no vaccine at this time. Elderly are at higher risk and the transmission can occur by people without symptoms. Though the virus is not currently spreading in the U.S., the risk of infection comes from those that have traveled to China recently. Transmission exposure is higher with health care workers and close contacts of people infected with the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely monitoring the situation and provide the following links for additional information, resources and procedures:
The U.S. Department of Labor also provides information for workers and employers about COVID-19. Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website for guidance on hazard recognition, standards, medical information and control and prevention.
Clubs should discuss precautions with their boards, review their business continuity or emergency preparedness plan and update employee contact information.
Other actions clubs should have in place include:
Clubs are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for members and guests. In response to member inquiries about the potential spread of COVID-19 at the club, one NCA member developed this communication to clarify its responsibility and role in protecting its membership and staff. Click here to view our Coronavirus Example Response to a Member Inquiry. Additional precautions in the facilities should be implemented, including:
Because clubs are an environment in which a lot of interaction occurs among individuals, it is important to remind employees in all areas of the club that good hygiene practices are critical to preventing the spread of influenza as well as other potential illnesses. Remind employees that their health and safety, as well as that of the club members, is the number-one priority.
Remember the basic steps of proper hygiene:
Inform employees of the symptoms of COVID-19:
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
NCA is continuously working to gather resources to keep your clubs, its members and staff safe. Please contact NCA at 202-822-9822 if you have additional questions regarding your club’s response to the virus.
Henry Wallmeyer is President & CEO of the National Club Association. You may reach him at email@example.com or 202-822-9822. For more information about the National Club Association, please visit nationalclub.org.