LOW MOOR — The YMCA Central Learning Center was closed Thursday for deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
YMCA officials learned Wednesday that the staff member had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.
As of Wednesday, the staff member was receiving treatment for the virus. The individual was in the Central Learning Center facility through Thursday, Aug. 20, during center operating hours.
The individual was in no other YMCA facilities since the reopenings on Wednesday, June 10.
“Upon learning of this, we immediately contacted the Alleghany-Covington (City) Health Department, and are following their guidance to close the affected facility and to conduct additional deep cleaning,” said Jennifer Unroe, Alleghany Highlands YMCA CEO. “We are also recommending that those potentially exposed self-quarantine for the 14-day period.”
The local health department has begun contact tracing and will be arranging COVID-19 testing for staff and participants of the Central Learning Center. Individuals will be notified of the date and times for testing.
In the meantime, anyone who feels that they may have come in contact with the individual should contact the health department at (540) 962-2173 and Desree Mineiro at the YMCA, (540)?862-8682.
“We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part,” Unroe added.
Unroe said the safety and well-being of members, staff, volunteers and community “have always been and will always be a top priority” at the Alleghany Highlands YMCA.
Before reopening its facilities in June after an extended closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the YMCA instituted numerous health and safety measures to best protect everyone who enters its facilities.
For the learning centers, specific measures include temperature checks twice daily, frequent handwashing, social distancing, regular cleaning of frequently touched areas and playground sanitation after each class.
“We are treating this matter with the utmost concern, and we will continue to provide updates to the community as they become available,” Unroe concluded.
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