While it is safe to participate in outdoor events, health advisory is in effect for gatherings or group events of more than 10 people. Scientific evidence clearly establishes that when groups of individuals gather together there is a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19. While this event may meet the minimum standards to provide protective measures, if actually followed, a risk still exists for transmission of the virus. All participants and event organizers need to understand the risks of gatherings and to personally assume those risks.
We will be following DSHS safety guidelines, which recommends the following:
Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
Wear a face covering in public and during large gatherings.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
Stay six feet apart from others.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Please stay home if you are feeling ill or experiencing the following symptoms:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
CDC information for those who need extra precautions –https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk* for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
● People 65 years and older
● People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
● People who live or interact frequently with persons with not well controlled underlying medical
conditions People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled,
● People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
● People who have serious heart conditions
● People who are immunocompromised
● Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
● People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
● People with diabetes
● People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
● People with liver disease
● People with high-blood pressure
*If have more than one risk factor = very high risk.