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Coronavirus Alert

March 6, 2020 10:28 AM

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Alert

We at AMTA, along with many of you, have been closely following the developments around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Although the current risk (as stated by the Center for Disease Control) in North America remains low, it is constantly evolving and is of increasing concern.  Please note the current risk assessment from the CDC (as of 3/5/2020):

  • For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

With regional conferences underway, the health and well-being of attendees is of the highest priority.  We advise all regional conference planners to adhere to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Large Community Events to ensure the safety of all participants:

Also, a reminder for music therapists to be mindful of planning and prevention policies in their practice, per the Standards of Clinical Practice, 3.0 Standard III - Treatment Planning: 3.10 Comply with infection control procedures. 

"Please review your planning and prevention and policies regarding infection control in light of the current viral epidemic of COVID 19 (Coronavirus Disease). The CDC maintains an update page with guidance and information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html"

AMTA, in conjunction with advice and information from the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control, will continue to monitor developments around COVID-19 to ensure the safety of its members.  Please refer to the Center for Disease Control website for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

 

 

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