Respiratory Infection Health and Safety Plan

Respiratory Infection Health and Safety Plan

(as of January 1, 2024)

 

The Young Women’s Choral Projects prioritizes the health and safety of its choristers, staff, volunteers, families, patrons, and guest artists. Singing indoors provides a higher risk for spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Therefore, to mitigate the effects of illness and to create the safest choral experience possible, YWCP has developed this plan. YWCP will continue to monitor the respiratory infection rates in the community, and reserves the right to amend this policy in the future to protect our members from illness.

 

ATTENDANCE

Before arriving at any YWCP activity, we ask that all members do a self-screening for symptoms of illness. Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms of illness should not attend:

  • frequent coughing,
  • congestion or runny nose,
  • sneezing,
  • fever or chills,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • severe fatigue,
  • muscle or body aches,
  • new loss of taste or smell,
  • severe sore throat,
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

 

Singers who are unsure whether they are getting sick are encouraged to mask. If a singer has allergies or symptoms that could be misinterpreted as COVID-19, please inform the Rehearsal Coordinator at sign-in.

 

YWCP members who have been sick may return to YWCP activities when they have been symptom free for a full 24 hours. Those members who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not return to YWCP activities until they test negative.

 

MASKING

Wearing a mask is one of the best ways to protect our community from contracting and spreading respiratory infections including COVID-19. While YWCP does not require masking during its activities, members are encouraged to wear masks during times of high levels of respiratory infection and when a chorister may have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. No YWCP member shall be stigmatized for wearing a mask.

The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends that those with a significant exposure to COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask indoors around others for at least 10 days following the date of the last exposure. YWCP encourages members with a known exposure to COVID-19 to test prior and/or wear a mask at YWCP activities during this time period.

 

COVID-19 TESTING

Antigen tests are used to determine whether someone is currently contagious and could infect others with the COVID-19 virus. YWCP does not require antigen testing before activities. Should a singer or staff member exhibit symptoms as described above, YWCP will request that the individual take an antigen test prior to attending and recommends taking another the next day if symptoms persist. Any member of our community with a positive COVID-19 test should not attend YWCP activities.

Providing proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test the day of may be instituted prior to retreats, tours, performances, or returning from breaks, as needed. YWCP Staff will communicate with families when this is instituted.

 

VACCINATIONS

According to the CDC, getting vaccinated remains the best protection against severe COVID-19 illness. YWCP strongly recommends that all members get the current COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

* USPS offers free at-home tests to households periodically and we recommend ordering them to ensure tests are on hand when testing may be necessary.

**The California Department of Public Health offers a virtual assistant to answer specific COVID-19 questions to help evaluate how to proceed after testing positive for COVID-19.

***Information about getting current vaccines for respiratory viruses can be found at https://www.vaccines.gov/ and https://myturn.ca.gov/. Here is an eligibility chart by age for COVID-19.

 

YWCP Health & Safety Advisory Committee 2023-24

Dr. Susannah Cornes
Samantha Maas-Baldwin
Phyra McCandless
Elizabeth Murdock
Matthew Otto
Deepa Ramsinghani
Dr. Mala Reddy

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