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YWAM Salem COVID-19 Updates

*For Further Information and Updated Case Numbers About the Effects of COVID-19 in Oregon Please Visit: http://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

YWAM Salem COVID-19 Update  3/17/20

Hello from YWAM Salem,

As a campus we have seen unprecedented growth over the last five years. We had a great start to the year, and God has met us in so many ways. Our hearts are hungry for more of God, especially in our student body because we have seen Jesus speaking purpose over people and changing their lives in remarkable ways, and want to see more. We are grateful for all that God has done, and all that he is yet to do in and through us as a community. 

In this season we are very focused on ensuring the health and safety of all students and our local community.  Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19, we have had to make some hard decisions as YWAM Salem leadership:

We have sent our current students home to minister while being with their families. Our school leaders have created several pathways for students to complete their schools within the year.

As of now, we will be postponing both the Foundations of Counseling Ministries and Korean Discipleship Training School. All currently enrolled students have been informed and we will continue to monitor the situation, and with hope, determine new start dates in the near future.

We have also made decisive internal changes in how our campus functions. We have increased our cleaning of surfaces, food dispensaries, and bathrooms. We also adapt our kitchen schedule to serve only those students and volunteers who are unable to leave YWAM Salem.

Keeping with the Oregon mandate of limiting group gatherings to no more than 25 people and the additional recommendation that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more we implement strong social distancing measures. This includes staff working remotely as much as possible.

We will limit those outside of our community coming onto campus. Unfortunately we will no longer be able to have any guests staying on our campus unless determined risk free by our COVID-19 Task Team. 

Thank you so much for your support and love as we continue in this trying time. We  continue to work with all government mandates and requirements with respect to the virus.

We have a great hope for our generation and a sense of anticipation of what God is going to do this year. It is in testing that our personal relationship with God grows deep. He will assemble world changers uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of our societies today. We encourage everyone to not question the promises of God in darkness that He has revealed in the light and continue in this journey of being his loved disciple.

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us directly:

    • Students or family of students: Amos Hathway at (503) 779-3761  or Denise Schlegel at (951) 807-7586 or email us at training@ywamsalem.org. 
    • General Inquiry: Cassie Ries at (951) 567-1438 or directorsassistant@ywamsalem.org

Please continue to be interceding on behalf of the situation, our campus, and our nations. May we join to seek the Father’s wisdom and peace as we navigate this together. 

Blessings, 

Samuel Matthias

YWAM Salem Campus Director

 

YWAM Salem COVID-19 Update  3/13/2020 

YWAM Salems continues to follow state and national recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of now, our county, Marion County has reported 3 cases. We have no known reported cases on our campus or in Salem. However, in the light of the rapidly changing nature of the virus and our commitment to preserve the safety of both our campus and our Salem community, we will continuously evaluate the situation.

We have established a COVID-19 task team to address our campus needs, mitigate risk, and establish protocol for YWAM Salem’s response to the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The team has been working hard to protect our staff, students, and volunteers from the virus as much as possible. Working with Marion County Public Health, we have updated our Response Plan and set up protocols to best protect our YWAM Salem community. 

What actions are we taking?

  • Constant contact with appropriate parties and keeping up to date information as much as possible. Appropriate parties include: Marion County Public Health, and following the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization
  • Ongoing protocols created for those coming to our campus from at risk nations. 
  • Rerouting outreach teams to less-risk locations
  • We reserve a prepared and dedicated space on-site and off-site that can act as a quarantine site in contingency that a case occurs inside of our community. 
  • Entry survey for people coming on campus including screening of symptoms and previous travel itinerary.
  • Encouraging all of our staff to follow health care guidelines. 
  • We created a FAQ page to answer some more questions. These guidelines are put into place to protect the community per recommendations by Marion County Public Health. 

Please continue to be interceding on behalf of the situation, our campus, and our nation. May we join to seek the Father’s wisdom and peace as we navigate this together. 

Blessings, 

Samuel Matthias

YWAM Salem Campus Director

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the threat status of COVID-19 at YWAM Salem? 

  • YWAM Salem is actively monitoring the situation. 
  • There are no reported cases among the students and staff. 
  • As of 03/12/2020, Marion Public Health has reported only 4 confirmed cases, none of which are in Salem. 

What are YWAM Salem’s current actions to protect the health of our community? 

  • A protocol for incoming guests from high risk areas is in place.
  • YWAM Salem has formed a COVID-19 Task Team to monitor the evolving situation and to lead our campus in ways to respond. This team will continue to collaborate with local authorities, other YWAM campus, and affiliates. 
  • We are working closing with Marion County Public Health and Oregon health authorities, and following the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization
  • We will comply with all legal mandates.
  • We reserve a prepared and dedicated space on-site and off-site that can act as a quarantine site in the contingency that a case occurs inside of our community. 
  • Entry survey for people coming on campus including screening of symptoms and previous travel itinerary. 
  • If you are needing additional information: 
    • Parents/family of Students: Amos Hathway at (503) 779-3761  or Denise Schlegel at (951) 807-7586 or email us at training@ywamsalem.org. 
    • General Inquiry: Cassie Ries at (951) 567-1438 or directorsassistant@ywamsalem.org

What do arriving students, staff, and visitors need to know?

All arriving students, staff, and visitors should be taking precautions for cough and hand hygiene. They should be aware of their personal health and practicing social distancing. 

YWAM Salem requires that all of those traveling from high-risk nations: 

Prior to Arrival:

  • Self monitoring for fever twice a day, morning and evening 14 days prior to arrival in the United States. Mandatory reporting of these numbers to YWAM Salem. These will be recorded along with name, date, etc.
  • If at all possible by law of the country of origin get tested for COVID-19, 3-7 days prior to departure, and send the official test results to YWAM Salem prior to departure. They must be negative for COVID-19 to come.

AFTER Arrival to US from risk regions:

  • Arriving students and participants will continue to self test for fever 2 times a day, morning and evening 14 days prior to departure, and reporting these numbers to YWAM Salem. These will be recorded along with name, date, etc.
  • Once they have arrived in the United States they will go straight to a quarantined location off-site (off YWAM Salem Campus site) for 14 days.
  • Off-site quarantine location will have the capability of creating a separate secondary quarantine room in the contingency that a COVID-19 case occurs within the Off-site Quarantine house so that a secondary quarantine measure within the house can happen and no more people will be exposed. The original members of the initial quarantine can continue to quarantine without further exposing others.

What should I do? 

  • Keep cough and hand hygiene etiquette: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If no soap is available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and completely cover hands, rubbing hands until alcohol is dry. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Commit to social distancing practices encouraged by health care professionals
  • Remain alert to any cold like symptoms. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please work from home until you can determine that 1) it is not COVID-19 or 2) you have completely recovered from your symptoms.
  • If you are experiencing any of the symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) please stay at home. Your first call is to Marion County Health Department (503) 588-5057, your second to your primary care physician, and your third to the Information Coordinator (Cassie) at (951) 567-1438‬.
  • We are also recommending, per Health and Safety, for our staff and students to stay away from gatherings of people of 250 or more. This will reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus and will keep us all safe.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever over 100.4F, cough, and shortness of breath are the three most common. 
  • Less common are body aches, fatigue, and sore throat. 
  • Many children and young people may have no symptoms at all.
  • Many respiratory viruses and the flu can give you the symptoms.

What should I do for prevention? 

  • Keep cough and hand hygiene etiquette. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough illness.