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2/25/2021 3:38:00 PM
YMCA's Already-Low COVID Rates Decrease
Sheree Vodicka is the chief executive officer of the N.C. Alliance of YMCA’s.
Sheree Vodicka is the chief executive
officer of the N.C. Alliance of YMCA’s.

Lincoln Herald Staff

It’s getting there.

That’s the word Thursday from Michele McKinley. The director of administration for the North Carolina Alliance of YMCA’s, McKinley said that Y’s across the state, with rates of COVID-19 that were extremely low already, have now decreased even more.

In 1,008,561 visits to 96 YMCA locations across North Carolina in December and January, only 38 cases of COVID were reported to the YMCA. That’s a positivity rate of .0038 percent, compared to .0045 percent reported between September and November of last year.

As McKinley continued, to test the efficacy of YMCA facilities’ health protocols statewide, the N.C. Alliance of YMCAs began in September to record cases of COVID-19 reported to its facilities. According to its most recent study, the alliance announced a decrease in cases reported to YMCA’s between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31, compared to a study conducted in the autumn.

North Carolina’s YMCA’s are dedicated to ensuring the safety of employees and members by meeting or exceeding the guidelines and recommendations of state and local health experts and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC), according to Sheree Vodicka. The chief executive officer of the N.C. Alliance of YMCA’s, Vodicka offered further explication, adding that YMCA facilities’ efforts toward maintaining safety and sanitation are paying off.

“Even as our state faced its highest COVID numbers, our YMCA locations successfully minimized COVID cases by adhering to strict protocols,” she said. “We are grateful to our members who have partnered with us to wear masks indoors, practice social distancing and keep hands and surfaces clean. Together, we are protecting each other and keeping Y’s open for business.”

The study, which found no clusters in YMCA fitness centers in either study, is a bright spot, considering the organization’s struggle to balance substantial revenue losses with an unprecedented demand for critical services. In addition to providing community members with opportunities for exercise to maintain and improve their health, North Carolina YMCA locations have provided remote learning support for nearly 9,700 children at 129 sites, served or delivered more than 835,000 meals to those in need and made nearly 90,000 wellness checks on seniors and others at risk since the start of the COVID outbreak.

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