YMCA of South Hampton Roads Activates COVID-19 Protocol to Safely Manage Covid Case

22 October 2020
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Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA Notifies Members, Sanitizes Facility to Safely Manage Covid Case

The YMCA South Hampton Roads learned Wednesday, October 21 that a member at the Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA had tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The member last visited the Y the evening of October 15. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to and guidance from VDH, and notification to members who had recently visited the Y.

To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evening of October 21st in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

Anthony Walters, President and CEO of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads stated, “We know that these risks are evident as we navigate the covid-19 health crisis. We remain committed to following the established protocols outlined by the CDC, VDH and VDSS. We are treating this matter with the utmost ​​concern, and we will continue to work with local agencies and leaders for appropriate follow up. ” 

Previous notice was communicated to all necessary parties per the Y's COVID-19 response protocol in the following cases:

October 14, 2020: the YMCA was made aware that a staff member at the YMCA of Portsmouth tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The staff member was last at the YMCA of Portsmouth on Thursday, October 8. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to and guidance from the VDH, notification to members who had recently visited the Y and the Y’s staff team. To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evenings of October 12th and 13th in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

October 13, 2020: a parent with children in the James L. Camp, Jr. Family YMCA childcare program reported a positive test result for COVID-19. The Y immediately instituted its COVID-19 response protocol, including notification to childcare families and staff, and notification to and guidance from the VDH. The site has been properly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines.

October 9, 2020: a member at the Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA reported a positive test for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The member last visited the Y October 5. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to members who had recently visited the Y and guidance from the VDH. To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evening of October 9th in accordance with CDC guidelines.

October 9, 2020: a member at the Indian River Family YMCA reported a positive test result for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The member last visited the Y the morning of October 6. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to members who had recently visited the Y and guidance from the VDH including contacting any possible contacts that would require possible quarantine/COVID-19 testing. To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evening of October 9th in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

October 7, 2020: a staff member in the Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA child care program reported a positive test result for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to families and Y staff, cleaning and sanitization, and notification to and guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). To ensure the safety of the community, part of the child care program was closed beginning Thursday, October 8th. The site has been cleaned and sanitized thoroughly in accordance with CDC guidelines.

October 6, 2020: a member at the Indian River Family YMCA reported a positive test result for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The member last visited the Y the evening of September 30. Guidance from the VDH was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result, including contacting any possible contacts that would require possible quarantine/COVID-19 testing. To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evening of October 6th in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

October 3, 2020: a staff member at the Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA preschool program reported to the Y a positive test result for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to parties that had direct or possible contact with this staff person, a partial closure of the effected area of the program, cleaning and sanitization, and the notification to and guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. 

September 24, 2020: a youth soccer participant at the Great Bridge Hickory Family YMCA reported to the Y a positive test result for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The child last visited the Y for practice Monday, September 21. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to teammates of the affected player and other league teams who had been scheduled to practice on Monday. Guidance from the VDH was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. To ensure the safety of the community, the team did not participate in games scheduled for Saturday, September 26th and resumed play the following week. 

September 24, 2020: a member at the Hilltop Family YMCA reported to the Y that they had tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The member last visited the Y the morning of Monday, September 21. The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to members who had recently visited the Y. Guidance from the VDH was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. To ensure the safety of the community, the facility was cleaned and sanitized thoroughly the evening of September 24th in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

August 14, 2020: A child attending the Effingham Street Family YMCA school-age summer camp program tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Y immediately instituted its COVID response protocol, including notification to members who had recently visited the Y and camper families, and to further ensure the safety of the community, the facility closed Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 to be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly in accordance with CDC guidelines. The school-age camp program closed until August 31 and the kindergarten camp program resumed Monday, August 17. Guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. 

August 11, 2020: A staff member of the YMCA of Portsmouth reported to the Y on Monday, August 10 that they tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last at the YMCA of Portsmouth on Thursday, August 6. An immediate response, including notification to members who had recently visited the facility and staff team, and a deep cleaning and sanitization of the facility on the evening of August 10, were initiated. Guidance from the VDH was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. 

August 7, 2020: A member who visited the YMCA of Portsmouth Monday, August 3 reported to the Y on August 6 that they tested positive for COVID-19. An immediate response, including notification to members who had visited the facility and camper families, deep cleaning and sanitization of the facility were initiated. Guidance from the VDH was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result. 

July 28, 2020: A camp counselor at the Mt.Trashmore Family YMCA reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. An immediate response, including notification to parties that had direct or possible contact with this staff person, a closure of the facility for cleaning and sanitization, and the notification to and guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result.

July 13, 2020: Siblings utilizing the Salem Family YMCA childcare program site tested positive for COVID-19. An immediate response, including notification to parties that had direct or possible contact with the program participant, a closure of the facility for cleaning and sanitization, and the notification to and guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result.

June 2, 2020: A participant utilizing the Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA childcare program site tested positive for COVID-19. An immediate response, including notification to parties that had direct or possible contact with the program participant, a closure of the facility for cleaning and sanitization, and the notification to and guidance from the VDH and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) was executed upon the Y becoming aware of this positive test result.