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Statement on COVID-19

May 26,2020

Members,

As Pennsylvania transitions from the Stay at Home Order through Governor Wolf’s Phased Reopening Plan, the ASCE Pittsburgh Section is continuing to monitor and update our guidance and recommendations regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact to our upcoming meetings and events.  As the circumstances and understanding of this outbreak continue to evolve and guidance from health professionals is constantly being updated, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our members and our communities.

We believe that diligent safe practices are still necessary to protect our members and event attendees, stop the spread of this virus and allow for a return of our normal daily lives. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s COVID-19 Resource Page is a valuable resource for current guidance from the Commonwealth and updates from the Governor’s Office, including details of the Phased Reopening Plan: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

The ASCE Pittsburgh Section will continue to postpone all Section and Institute events and all in-person meetings through June 26th.  We will continue to provide further updates and recommendations as more information becomes available and as health officials release additional guidance.  We also encourage our memberships to take advantage of virtual meeting platforms until we can once again congregate.  The Section’s Board of Directors is continuing to hold virtual meetings this summer and is actively working to develop creative ways to provide member activities and benefits while adhering to the guidelines provided by the health community.

Though many of you are still working from home, some of you may have begun to return to the workplace.  We continue to encourage you to continue to practice social distancing and proactive hygiene measures:

1.    Please stay home if you feel unwell or believe that you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
2.    Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3.    Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not your hands.
4.    Frequently cleaning highly-touched surfaces.
5.    Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
6.    Wear a nonmedical or homemade mask when away from home and when it may not be possible to maintain social distancing.

ASCE continues to update and provide useful information and collaboration tools on the COVID-19 Resource Website. The site also has links for ASCE Program Updates, PDH Info, Self-Care Information, a Discussion Board and much more. Additionally, the site has links to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 websites.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your options or with any other questions you may have.


Best Regards,

Jonathan Shimko & Erin Feichtner

President and President-Elect

ASCE Pittsburgh Section



March 23, 2020

Members,

The ASCE Pittsburgh Section is continuing to monitor and update our guidance and recommendations regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact to our upcoming meetings and events.  As the circumstances of this outbreak are changing rapidly and guidance from health professionals is constantly being updated, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our members and our communities. We believe that diligent safe practices are necessary to protect our members and event attendees, stop the spread of this virus and allow for a return of our normal daily lives.

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Tom Wolf issued an order to close all “Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses. A list of business categories can be viewed at: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf

The ASCE Pittsburgh Section has decided to cancel or postpone all Section and Institute events and all in-person meetings through April 30th.  We will continue to provide further updates and recommendations as more information becomes available and as health officials release additional guidance.  

Though many of you are already working from home, we continue to encourage you to practice social distancing and proactive hygiene measures:

  • Please stay home if you feel unwell or believe that you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not your hands.
  • Frequently cleaning highly-touched surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.

Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) COVID-19 Resource Page is an excellent resource for local information (https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/COVID-19.aspx).  You can also sign-up for automatic Allegheny Alerts by clicking the link in the COVID-19 banner at the top of the Health Departments page.

Latest updates and recommendations are available at CDC’s webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).  Prevention tips can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html.

ASCE has developed a COVID-19 Resource Website as part of the ASCE collaborate platform. The site has some useful information and links for ASCE Program Updates, PDH Info, Self-Care Information, a Discussion Board and much more.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your options or with any other questions you may have.

Best Regards,

Sam Shamsi and Jonathan Shimko

President and President-Elect

ASCE Pittsburgh Section



March 15, 2020

Members,

The ASCE Pittsburgh Section is continuing to monitor and update our guidance and recommendations regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact to our upcoming meetings and events.  As we have all witnessed the past few days, the circumstances of this outbreak are changing rapidly and guidance from health professionals is constantly being updated.

On Sunday, Allegheny County issued a press release calling for closure and alternative work strategies for all non-essential businesses within the County.  The goal of this action is “to limit the spread of the virus through person contact and surfaces.”  Based upon this guidance, the ASCE Pittsburgh Section has decided to cancel or postpone all Section and Institute events and meetings through March 31st.

We plan to provide further updates and recommendations as more information becomes available and as health officials release additional guidance.  

We continue to encourage you to practice social distancing and proactive hygiene measures:

  • 1.     Please stay home if you feel unwell or believe that you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • 2.     Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • 3.     Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not your hands.
  • 4.     Frequently cleaning highly-touched surfaces.
  • 5.     Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
  • 5.

Please visit the CDC’s webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for the latest updates and recommendations. 

Additionally, the Allegheny Health Department’s COVID-19 Resource Page is an excellent resource for local information (https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/COVID-19.aspx).

More prevention tips can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your options or with any other questions you may have.

 

Best Regards,

Jonathan Shimko

President-Elect

ASCE Pittsburgh Section



March 13, 2020

Members,

ASCE and the Pittsburgh Section have received questions from many of you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on our upcoming meetings and events.  We want you to know that we are monitoring the situation closely and taking careful consideration of the concerns raised by our members and leaders. As always, your health and safety is our number one priority. 

While the circumstances of this outbreak are changing rapidly, we believe we must make decisions about future activities on a case-by-case basis, balancing the operational needs of the group and other financial, legal, and strategic considerations against the goal of prioritizing the health and safety of the participants.

In determining our path forward, we will be considering the following:

  • Guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and/or state and local health authorities;
  • Likelihood of multiple cancellations and the impact on the success of your event;
  • Ability to mitigate risks through heightened sanitization, “social distancing” practices, or other measures; 
  • The possibility of postponing or conducting the event/activity virtually.

If the decision is made to continue with an event, we ask for your cooperation with the following:

  • Please do not attend any events if you feel unwell or believe that you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • If you feel unwell or prefer not to attend the event as a precautionary measure, we will refund all registration fees.
  • The Section will work with our event organizers to ensure that there are cleaning protocols and ample sanitizer and hand washing stations available.
  • Signage and statements during the event will be provided to encourage alternative greetings and gestures (limiting handshakes, hugs, etc.) and to make people aware of personal space and of proper precautions (washing hands often, using hand sanitizers, avoid face touching, etc.). 

If an event does get cancelled due to evolving information or factors, we will make every effort to provide timely notification to attendees. Anyone registered for an upcoming event is encouraged to check their email regularly prior to the date of event for any event change or cancellation information.

Please visit the CDC’s webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for the latest updates and recommendations. 

Additionally, the Allegheny Health Department’s COVID-19 Resource Page is an excellent resource for local information (https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/COVID-19.aspx).

More prevention tips can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your options or with any other questions you may have.

 

Best Regards,

Jonathan Shimko

President-Elect

ASCE Pittsburgh Section




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