Advisory: Coronavirus (COVID 19)

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March 9, 2020

Memo: To ASAA member schools from the ASAA Executive Committee
Date: March 9, 2020
Re: Advisory: Coronavirus (COVID 19)
The ASAA is actively monitoring the ongoing public health situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have received many questions from our membership, and we want to stress that we understand these concerns, given the significant attention this topic has received in the media. We are committed to help protect the health and safety of the student-athletes, staff, coaches and others associated with our member-schools.
The ASAA does not offer medical advice regarding disease prevention, but we refer our membership to the resources listed at the end of this Advisory regarding Coronavirus. The ASAA also strongly encourages students, parents, and staff to consult their school or district’s website or personnel for information regarding specific, local responses.
The ASAA is monitoring developments from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). While both the PHAC and AHS acknowledge that there is a public health concern, both agencies state that the risk for individuals is low. The ASAA will proceed with its upcoming scheduled events including Wrestling and Basketball Provincials as planned. However given how quickly things can change, the ASAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the circumstances require.
We remind everyone to continue to take preventative actions advised by public health officials to help stop the spread of germs, including washing hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, containing coughs into a tissue or sleeve and staying home if you are sick, especially if you have a respiratory illness and fever.
Additionally, student-athletes should refrain from handshakes throughout athletic contests including pre, post, and in-event, instead acknowledge opponents and officials via applause or head nod.
Additional updates regarding ASAA events will be published as they become available.
The following resources are available for further information:

Public Health Agency of Canada…

Alberta Health Services

Sport Medicine Advisory Committee…

The ASAA may update this advisory as more information becomes available.