09 Mar COVID-19
TO:Columbus Children’s Theatre Employees, All Locations
FROM:Susan Pringle, Executive Director
RE:Coronavirus Pandemic Response Plan
Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) is strongly committed to the health and safety of our students, employees, and volunteers. The purpose of this communication is to outline our initial preparation for a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Central Ohio. While the threat of an outbreak remains low, it is appropriate to begin discussing an organizational plan in the event of COVID-19 having an impact on us.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are keeping a close watch on areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19. They have provided recommendations to individuals and businesses for preparation. Additionally, Governor DeWine has issued initial directions to state offices and agencies regarding possible emergency plans. We will take direction from government leaders at the local, state, and federal level and make decisions accordingly for the CCT as well as our partner sites.
We continually monitor all sources for updated information and directions and will incorporate them into our Pandemic Response Plan.
What action is Columbus Children’s Theatre taking at this time?
- We are increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces like doors/door knobs, railings, etc. and restrooms to reduce the spread of infection.
- We are increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the building and providing reminders about the importance of hand hygiene.
- Additionally, we are reviewing and updating our emergency communication plan to both employees and the public in the event we would need to close CCT or any of our affiliated sites. This communication plan will include instructions about essential employees and alternative work options. Any decisions to change our hours of operation, access to the public, or to close will be made by Susan Pringle, Executive Director.
- Directors will be working within their departments to determine essential functions for Columbus Children’s Theatre. This will include contingency staffing plans should employees become ill or if we need to close to the public and/or employees.
What can you do to prepare?
- Practice good hand hygiene. Like with all communicable diseases, the best prevention is to simply wash your hands. The CDC recommends washing your hands vigorously in soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before eating or touching your face, after using the restroom, and any time your hands become visibly soiled or come in contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. You may also use an alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizing solution between hand-washings. To properly clean your hands, apply enough gel or foam to keep your hands wet for 15 seconds.
- Reduce potential exposure. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands. Avoid shaking hands in greeting with others. Limit exposure to other who may be ill.
- Practice good respiratory etiquette. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow or cover with a tissue. Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Stay at home if you’re sick. If you begin to exhibit signs and symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing, sneezing, and/or a low-grade fever, please stay home!
Additional Emergency Preparedness at Home
In general, it’s always good to be prepared for potential emergencies such as a storm or power outage. Some simple steps you can take which can also be found at http://ready.gov:
- Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand. The recommendation is a 2-week supply. Some possible items: canned prepared soups or canned pasta, peanut butter, crackers, granola or protein bars.
- Keep some emergency cash in a safe location.
- Have a kit with batteries, flashlights, and phone chargers. Check and update your emergency first aid kit.
- Ensure you have a continuous supply of your regular prescription medication available. Keep a supply of non-prescription medication such as pain relievers, cold/flu remedies, antacids, etc.