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All of Discover Gymnastics latest information and updates for Covid-19

Covid Update March 2024

It’s been a while since I did a Covid Update, but there have been some changes regarding CDC recommendations, so I thought it would be a good time to send out a reminder.

As we all know, covid is still out there and lots of us continue to catch the virus.  In fact, over 1000 people continue to die from covid on a daily basis in the USA.  https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home.  Luckily, we now have Paxlovid available to make the illness much less severe if treatment begins as soon as symptoms arise.  The seasonal flu is also circulating, in addition to a number of other annoying illnesses.  For us, here at Discover, we don’t want to be the vector for spreading any illness.  And, when illness runs through the staff, class coverage can be challenging.  

I would like to continue to ask you to NOT send your child to the gym if they’re not feeling well.  Especially if they have had a fever.  The new CDC recommendation for return to normal activity is 24 hours free of fever without medication.  Between a high vaccination rate and natural immunity from infections, some of the risk has been reduced.  However, there remains a portion of our population who are vulnerable so we want to be considerate of our effect on others.  Here’s a recent article about these changes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/02/13/covid-isolation-guidelines-cdc-change

Thanks for continuing to monitor your health and that of your children and helping us to create as healthy an environment as possible.  I also encourage you to teach your children good hand hygiene.  We have always loved teaching this through the Henry the Hand Foundation.  Check this site out with your kids!:

https://henrythehand.com

Thanks everyone, and happy Springtime!

Carly

COVID-19 Camp & Class Procedures:

Your child’s safety is our top priority and therefore are separated into different cohorts, a group of 10 or less that do not mix with other cohorts. This is to ensure that exposure with other students is limited.

Every child that enters our facility is following the following health safety protocols:

  • Temperature check (under 100.4) and hand sanitization at time of drop-off
  • Parental confirmation of no known illness (of any kind) in the household
  • Children placed in cohorts and therefore are not mixed
  • Children’s belongings are separated by cohort in bins
  • All equipment is thoroughly sanitized after every rotation
  • Children frequently wash and sanitize hands and feet before and after use of any equipment
  • Social distancing of 6′
  • Coaches wear masks

Every parent that enters our facility is following the following health safety protocols:

  • Temperature check (under 100.4) and hand sanitization at time of drop-off
  • Verbal confirmation of no known illness (of any type) in the household – (honor code)

Because of all of these protocols, nobody that enters our facility is showing symptoms of illness (i.e. fever, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, etc.) and we have to assume are not infected. However, some people may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. The risk you and your child face inside our building is minimal and is similar to your risk that you take at the grocery store, restaurant, etc.

We appreciate your loyalty and are excited to see you back in the gym!

Reporting of COVID-19

Scenario 1:

General Illness.  If an employee or a child is exhibiting fever, cough, diarrhea or vomiting we ask that you remain at home until you are symptom free without medication for a period of 48 full hours.

As of June 25, 2020 we are enhancing this requirement to state:

If ANYONE in the household is experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask that you NOT send your children to the gym until Covid-19 is ruled out.  For example, if dad doesn’t feel well, don’t send the kids. If it ends up that Dad has the flu, then you’re good to go.  But until you have confirmation that the symptoms are not from Covid-19, it would be best to reduce the number of interactions with the general public.

Scenario 2:

Parent or Employee thinks it’s possible that they or someone in their household MAY have been exposed to Covid-19:

  • Call the gym and tell us that
  • You have a choice to either self-quarantine for 14 days or
  • Get tested and remain at home for test results. If negative, and symptom-free return to the gym
  • No action needed by Discover Gymnastics

Scenario 3:

Parent or Employee knows they or someone in their household has been diagnosed with Covid-19

  • Call the gym and tell us that
  • Self-quarantine per doctor’s orders and a doctor’s release is required to return to the gym
  • Discover Gymnastics to notify all people who were in the “cohort” with the exposed person
    • DGI to provide phone number of where to schedule a test
    • DGI to take extra precautions with the remaining “cohort” and monitor spread (if any)

Scenario 4:

Employee or Child was asymptomatic and has been at the gym and now is known to have a confirmed case

  • Call the gym and tell us that
  • Self-quarantine per doctor’s orders and a doctor’s release is required to return to the gym
  • Discover Gymnastics to notify all people who were in the “cohort” with the exposed person
    • DGI to provide phone number of where to schedule a test
    • DGI to take extra precautions with the remaining “cohort” and monitor spread (if any)
  • Gym will shut down for 24 hours to sterilize the facility