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SGA Events Update

The SGA is monitoring developments related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and potential impact on domestic travel.  An SGA core value is creating safe and secure communities.  As such we are closely adhering to the U.S. Center for Disease Control guidance.

 

According to the CDC, at this time, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus.  This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed and posted on the SGA website.  Our thoughts and concern are with those affected in China and globally.

 

Current risk assessment:

  • For the general 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.

 

Currently, SGA Conferences and Workshops are proceeding as planned.  We will continue to closely evaluate all SGA meetings and travel on a daily basis to ensure the health and safety of our employees and those we serve.

 

Spring Gas Expo 2020 will be held in Columbia, SC with the Women & Leadership workshop on Sunday, March 15th with the full conference opening on the 16 and concluding on March 18th.  This conference is a regional conference with no international attendees registered.

 

To support the health and safety of our members and attendees, we are also asking that individuals who have recently traveled to destinations determined to be Level 1, 2 or 3 on the CDC website do not attend SGA events.

 

The World Health Organization’s recommendation is that travelers practice usual precautions, and we are increasing our efforts to prevent the spread of disease per Department of Public Health’s recommendations. However, each of our members must evaluate risk independently.  As such, if you are registered for a conference and uncomfortable traveling, we will hold a credit for you.  We are exploring technological resources to bring the conference to those who choose not to attend.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.

 

We encourage all conference attendees to follow CDC precautionary procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Resources:

World Health Organization

 

SGA is here to assist you with any questions you have in regard to your attendance. Please contact Suzanne Ogle, Cindy Mitchell or Nicolle Billmyre if you have any questions or if we can support you in any way:  Suzanne.ogle@southerngas.org; cindy.mitchell@southerngas.org; Nicolle.billmyre@southerngas.org.

 

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