Here is the email from IOA President Marcia Martinez-Helfman and Executive Director Chuck Howard:
IOA Is Continuing to Monitor the Coronavirus with
Regard to Conference
Dear IOA Supporters:
The IOA is closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the situation in communities where cases of the virus have been confirmed. Currently, neither organization has advised that travel restrictions are necessary for air travel into or out of Oregon or any other US state. Further, there is no information or warning to suggest that there is an imminent risk to our Annual Conference or professional development offerings to be delivered in Portland, OR, which will take place at the end of March. Unless these circumstances change, the Conference will go on as scheduled with the current cancellation policy in place.
We have heard from many registrants that they are committed to attending the Conference and we thank them for their continued engagement. IOA will continue to monitor the situation and provide email updates. If you become aware of important facts or circumstances that are not otherwise being addressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CDC is working with state and local governments to implement aggressive measures to prevent the spread of this virus, and we are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees.
In the meantime, IOA leadership will:
- Follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the policies of state and local government officials.
- Identify local emergency care facilities that will be able to promptly care for attendees that may require immediate treatment.Additionally, during the course of the Conference, we will:
- Provide hand sanitizer to Conference attendees
- Ensure an aggressive cleaning and disinfection process across all high-volume touchpoints (catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, touch-screens, etc.).
- Maintain an awareness campaign through email, website, and onsite information and signage.
- Promote a “touch-free” event:
- Adopt and inform attendees of a “no-handshake policy”
- Recommend avoidance of business card exchanges, instead, encourage the utilization of IOA Conference mobile app, AirDrop, and other available services to share contact information.
- Provide more information from the Portland Marriott Downtown WaterfrontFor now, Conference attendees are encouraged to follow basic hand and cough hygiene measures to prevent colds, flu, and coronavirus, both now and during the Conference. Here are a few recommendations from the CDC for everyday preventive actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.IOA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates via email. Additional updates will be posted to the IOA Conference website www.ioaconference.org.
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