We are continuing to monitor this situation and will continue to provide updated communications here. The health and well-being of our members, staff and guests is our highest priority. We are vigilantly and closely monitoring the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 virus. Our actions are being guided by the recommendations of the CDC, local health officials, the YMCA of the USA and our regional Y partners. Our leadership is conferring daily and remains committed to staying on top of the latest developments to determine the best course of action.
Update March 17, 2020
At the Kettle Moraine YMCA, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all who enter our doors, while always keeping our mission to serve our community at the heart of all we do. As the nation’s response to the COVID-19 virus continues to change and evolve, we remain steadfast in developing solutions and communicating with our members and program participants.
In the interest of promoting safe public health practices and with the recommendations from the CDC and our local Health Departments, the Kettle Moraine YMCA is taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a healthy community.
We are grateful to be able to serve you and your family and appreciate the trust that you place in the Y each day. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful Y family and we hope to see you all back “home” in our Ys soon. We will continue to inform you as the situation evolves and as always, please be well.
Update March 16, 2020:
As of now, our Child Care sites will remain open to provide care for families who are unable to be home with their children or that have an essential job they must attend during this time. We have been working closely with the Washington & Ozaukee Health Departments, and have received this statement from them:
"At this time, we recommend all programs remain open, unless remaining open is not feasible or until such time the program has a known positive case, or close contact with a known positive case, at which point we recommend you work with your local public health department to assess next steps. These programs operate on a much smaller scale than public and private schools with fewer people in congregate settings. All programs should have a plan for what they can do in the event that COVID-19 becomes widespread in the community. The goals for your plan should be to reduce the spread of acute respiratory illnesses and minimize the impact of COVID-19 among your children and staff."
We are continuing to monitor the situation and work with local health departments to determine our next steps.
Update March 15, 2020:
The Y is committed to providing a safe, healthy and welcoming experience for all people who walk through our doors or use our services. As we monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the U.S., we would like to offer you a free Les Mills video series due to the cancellation of group fitness classes until further notice.
Update March 13, 2020:
All non-licensed programs (exceptions are Full Day Child Care and Kids Day Out) are canceled effective March 16th until further notice. This includes Group Exercise, Alloy, Personal Training, Noon Hoops, Pickleball, Gymnastics, Youth Sports, Youth Enrichment, Children's Classes, Personal Training, Babysitting, 3K, 4K, all Swim Lessons and one on one instruction. A voucher will be issued on a week by week basis. In addition, the Family Adventure Pool and Small Pool will be closed until further notice. The Large Pool will remain open at this time. Coronavirus is a serious concern for many of the people in the communities that we serve. We are working with our local Health System Partners, Insurance Company, our County Health Departments, and YUSA to stay on top of the most recent news and updates. We appreciate your understanding in the matter. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide weekly updates.
The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department supports the YMCA Kettle Moraine’s decision to remain open as school closures are announced. The YMCA serves an important function in providing child care and programming for families who must work. YMCA staff intend to practice social distancing, good hygiene/handwashing and sanitation as recommended by the CDC. We support all efforts to reduce the health and economic impact of COVID-19 in our communities.
Update March 6, 2020:
At the Kettle Moraine YMCA, we take your health and safety very seriously. The respiratory illness Coronavirus has spread across the world, and now officials in the U.S. have warned that we might see an outbreak across the United States. When a serious health issue arises, our staff team comes together to reassess our strategies to keep our members and staff healthy.
We understand people may worry about the new Coronavirus. In today’s connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere. Risk is dependent on exposure. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to believe the risk to the U.S. public is now low.
While CDC considers the Coronavirus a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered low. Basic hygiene is the best thing you can do. Everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses:
The coronavirus is spread through respiratory vapor, such as when someone sneezes or coughs into the air around you. Influenza viruses and common cold viruses are also spread this way.
At the Kettle Moraine YMCA, these are some precautions and actions that we are initiating:
If you have questions, please feel free reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Rob Johnson, CEO