Coronavirus Situation

3/2/20

As you are well aware, there is a constant worldwide increase in the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). I want to assure you that SkillsUSA South Carolina has been working on contingency plans with the information that we h­ave. We have spoken with the National Executive Director, had online conversations with other State Directors and have been talking with the Greenville Convention Center.  We have also monitored the CDC website daily and media outlets, in an effort to make the best decisions possible.  Last week at our March meeting, the Board of Directors had lengthy discussions around the topic.

 

A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into the State Leadership and Skills Championship competition planning and it continues. As of now, we are moving forward as planned with our conference but, we are carefully monitoring the situation as it unfolds.

 

We are asking you to help us keep our event healthy and safe.  Many of our competitions require a mock job interview. We are going to ask that individuals refrain from shaking hands at all times, including during these interviews. Because contestants are scored on professionalism, we wanted to make sure you are aware of this change prior to the beginning of the conference. We are being cautions here and proactive. We are also trying to make hand sanitizer available. The convention center has told us that they have set up additional hand sanitation stations throughout the facility. We will be encouraging all attendees to bring their own, if they have some.

 

If one of your participants is experiencing flu-like symptoms (especially accompanying fever, cough, etc.), they should call their doctor immediately and stay home. Additionally, should one of your participants feel sick during our conference, we request that they be isolated from others and that we be notified immediately.

 

CDC Prevention Guidelines

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

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