BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The recent news involving the Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) has created numerous challenges as teams decide whether to practice and/or compete in tournaments. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the issue and considers the risk to the American public as low, the situation is changing daily.
Since no region is identical to another throughout the country, coaches and parents will need to assess the risk individually and make appropriate decisions. At no time should any team or athlete be penalized in any fashion for choosing not to compete.
We also encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines listed below to reduce the chance of spreading the disease.
- Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask
- Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.