March 12, 2020
Dear Members and Guests,
The health and well-being of HealthWorks Fitness Center (HWF) members, participants, and staff is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, SHARE Foundation and HWF is closely monitoring information and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to help keep our facility and our community safe. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory illness and can spread from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath (https://www.cdc.gov).
What is HealthWorks Fitness Center Doing?
- We are stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe:
- We are significantly increasing our cleaning frequency of all facility areas and high-traffic areas and high-touch items, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, mats, locker rooms, phones, banisters, table and countertops, and handrails.
- We are increasing our signage and messaging across all channels to continue to build awareness and adherence to ADH general health and COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
- Disinfectant wipes are available for wiping down HWF equipment. Please wipe down your equipment after you complete your workout.
What Can You Do?
As of March 12, 2020, the CDC recommends the following precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
As stated above, the health and well-being of HealthWorks Fitness Center (HWF) members, participants, and staff is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring information and guidance from public health officials. Although HWF staff, members, and participants are asked to stay home when ill, we rely on each individual to self-assess their symptoms and illness.
Richard A. Reeves, Vice President of Community Health
Dr. Brian Jones, President and CEO