COVID-19 and Women’s Climbing Festival

UPDATE 3/10/20

Hi everyone,

 

We have been carefully monitoring COVID-19 over the weekend, though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Health as it pertains to the festival. As of right now, we are still planning for the festival to take place during the date of March 20th-22nd.

 

We’ve been in communication with Bishop City Council members regarding COVID-19, and Inyo and Mono counties currently do not have any active or suspected cases of the virus.

 

The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) travel recommendations are still the same as our last email. The CDC and WHO do not limit travel internally within the US. We do not anticipate that changing before our scheduled festival, and the CDC is not currently recommending canceling or postponing domestic travel and has stated that for most people, the immediate risk of exposure is low, especially if taking the recommended precautions (washing hands, limiting social touching and not touching your face). However, as the situation still remains fluid, we cannot guarantee that there is no risk, although health organizations advise that this risk can be minimized.

 

The CDC recommends that the public follow everyday preventive actions that include hand washing, covering your cough, and staying home if you are ill. In preparation for the festival, we are taking measures to keep everyone safe. We are in contact with the local hospital, health officials and purchasing hand sanitizer, tissues, and antibacterial soap as actionable steps. We will not distribute face masks at the conference. The CDC does not recommend that healthy individuals wear a face mask to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

 

We are asking that if folks are ill and/or have health concerns not take the risk of traveling and please stay home and take care of themselves. 

 

We’re asking folks to take these preventive measures before, in transit to and during the festival:

 

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.

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

Facemasks should be used ONLY 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.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, and fever) or are ill before the festival, do NOT attend and seek medical advice promptly by calling ahead to a doctor’s office or emergency room to get guidance.

 

If you are someone who can no longer attend the festival due to COVID-19 related reasons, please reach out and email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com

 

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19,  here are steps from the CDC on what to do when sick with COVID-19.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this and we are still super excited to see you at the festival next week!

 

Arianna + Shelma

 

 


3/05/2020

Hi everyone,

Over the past couple of days, we have received several inquires about the impact of the coronavirus on the festival. As of right now, we are still planning for the festival to take place during the date of March 20th-22nd, but we are continuing to monitor the situation closely through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Health. If anything changes, we will update you promptly.

Current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization recommendations do not limit travel internally within the US. We do not anticipate that changing before our scheduled conference, and the CDC and California Department of Public Health are not currently recommending postponing or canceling large events or gatherings. However, as the situation remains fluid, we cannot guarantee that there is no risk, although health organizations advise that this risk can be minimized.

The CDC recommends that the public follow everyday preventative actions that include hand washing, covering your cough, and staying home if you are ill. In preparation for the festival, we are taking measures to keep everyone safe. Shelma and I are also in contact with the local hospital, health officials and purchasing hand sanitizer, tissues, and antibacterial soap as actionable steps. We will not distribute face masks at the conference. The CDC does not recommend that healthy individuals wear a face mask to protect themselves from COVID19 and other respiratory diseases.

We ask that if you are ill and/or have health concerns that you not take the risk of traveling and please stay home and take care of yourself. You will be missed, but we advocate for you to take care of yourself first.

As you move forward with plans to join us in Bishop, here are some ways we can all work to be prepared:

 

  • 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.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID19.
  • Facemasks should be used ONLY by people who show symptoms of COVID19 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.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If you have symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, and fever) or are ill before the festival, do NOT attend and seek medical advice promptly by calling ahead to a doctor’s office or emergency room to get guidance.

If you are someone who can no longer attend the festival due to COVID19 related reasons, please reach out and email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com

Here are the steps from the CDC on what to do when sick with COVID19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this and we are still super excited to see you at the festival in 2 weeks!

Best,

Arianna + Shelma

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