At the Alleghany Highlands YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and community have always been and will always be a top priority.
Before reopening our facilities, the YMCA instituted numerous health and safety measures to best protect everyone who enters our doors. For the learning centers, specific measures include temperature checks twice daily, frequent handwashing, social distancing, regular cleaning of frequently touched areas, and playground sanitation after each class.
Regrettably, we learned on August 26th that a staff member of our YMCA Central Learning Center has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The staff member is currently receiving treatment for this condition. The individual was in the Central Learning Center facility through Thursday, August 20th during center operating hours. The individual was in no other YMCA facilities since the reopenings.
Upon learning of this, we immediately contacted the Alleghany Covington Health Department, and are following their guidance to close the affected facility and to conduct additional deep cleaning. We are also recommending that those potentially exposed self-quarantine for the 14 day period.
The Covington Health Department has begun contact tracing and will be arranging COVID-19 testing for staff and participants of the Central Learning Center. Individuals will be notified of the date and times for testing. In the meantime, anyone who feels that they may have come in contact with the individual should contact the Health Department at (540) 962-2173, and Desree Mineiro at the YMCA, (540) 862-8682.
We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part.
We are treating this matter with the utmost concern, and we will continue to provide updates to the community as they become available.
Jennifer F. Unroe, CEO
Alleghany Highlands YMCA