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 UPDATE: 8/17

The health and well-being of the North Suburban YMCA members, participants, and staff is our highest priority.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, the YMCA is closely monitoring information and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Dept of Health  to help keep our facilities clean and our communities safe. Check back often for updates.

What's on this Page?

  • What is Coronavirus?
  • What Can You Do?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More Information
  • What is the YMCA Doing?


What is Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory illness, called COVID-19, and can spread from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Read more from the CDC.

 

What Can You Do?

As of March 9, 2020, DOH recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.

 

 

FYI, The Y is in constant touch with the Village of Northbrook, local and state health departments, CDC, and Y-USA for guidance and directions and is following all policy directions and guidelines. One such positive statement is regarding the use of the pool and whirlpool

 “The CDC has released guidance on COVID-19 and water transmission, including information on recreational water transmission.

Specifically, the CDC guidance states:

  •  “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.The Y has increased the chlorine levels in our pool for further safety.

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

We are also taking additional precautions to keep our facility sanitized and as safe as possible for use:

-          Our cleaning company has already been using industrial cleansers for the last year throughout our entire facility, and they have redoubled their efforts.

-          The Y has increased cleanings throughout the day and have specific mid-day sanitations

-          The Y has increased sanitizing touch areas and all handles, water fountains, desks etc.

-          The NSYMCA has made sure we have wipes/sanitizer/cleaners accessible at all times in all rooms.

-          Mats & Mediball will not be available for use for the time being, so we ask all members to bring their own mat or towel for use in these classes.

-          Social distancing will be encouraged and facilitated in facilities and classes by staff on duty.

The Y will continue to coordinate further potential modification of other activities or facility usage in coordination with the Village of Northbrook, Health Dept. and CDC.

 

Thank you for doing your part to help keep the Y a healthy and safe environment.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Are your disinfectant wipes 60 percent alcohol?
Our wipes kill 99.9 percent of germs and are FDA approved.

We will continue to closely monitor information and guidance from public health officials as the situation develops.

If a Y member, staff, or participant is infected, what’s your plan to ensure the virus doesn’t spread?
If that happens, we will work closely with city and state officials and follow all protocols to help protect the health and safety of our community.

More Information

For further information, please use the following links:

 

What is the NSYMCA Doing?

We are stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe:

  • Frequently cleaning doorknobs, light switches, and other commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes
  • Providing more hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes.
  • Increased sanitation availability throughout the whole building
  • Prioritized cleaning in high-touched service areas.
  • Increased communication about proper hygiene has been placed throughout the building reminding people to wipe down fitness equipment, frequent hand washing etc.
  • Properly dispose of used towels and Kleenex, etc.

 

Governor Pritzker has now mandated that fitness centers, along with other venues that serve 50 or more people, close to the public in order to best ensure the health of our entire community, therefor our facilities will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th at 8 pm, until March 30.The Y will reassess the situation at that time and, in conjunction with prevailing recommendations from federal, state and local officials, we will update the status of our facilities and programming moving forward

Although no member or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at our facilities, we recognize the need to increase protective social distancing measures that have prompted so many local schools, community agencies, and private establishments nearby and throughout the state, to temporarily close in response to growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The priority is to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus so that our hospitals do not become overloaded.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our members for their patience and understanding. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities. We believe this is the socially responsible things to do and we do not take this measure lightly.

 

WHILE WE ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC:

  • Right now we need community more than ever. As a member of the North Suburban YMCA - we have always been your community place and the Y has now answered the call to do everything possible to bring our community together, by adding value to your membership through virtual fitness and other programs as well as keeping us connected through online groups boards. Being a charity we are so much more than an amazing gym and award winning programs – WE ARE THE COMMUNITY.

    Our fantastic staff have been working non-stop from their homes to create the best opportunities for you and your family to stay connected, healthy, and engaged in order to help you get through this Shelter At Home period in good shape through body, mind and spirit.

    • NSYMCA VIRTUAL FITNESS – We have your favorite instructors as well as national YMCA videos to keep your healthy. Now is the time to try different workouts and see what you like. We have Facebook live classes for an interactive experience as well as recorded videos. The classes currently available include: Cardio & HIIT, Cardio & Strength, Strength, Barre, Bootcamp, Mind & Body (Yoga), Adult, Tai Chi & Youth. Check back often as we update daily –http://www.nsymca.org/
    • NSYMCA Community Boards – Come join the community and interact, get ideas, ask for help, have virtual fun or ask a question. https://northsuburbanymca.wixsite.com/community/forum
      • Brighten Someone’s Day –share ways to stay connected
      • NSYMCA Community – asking for help; membership or specific Y questions
      • Adult Programming – join us for Brain games, the NSYMCA social club, Caregivers support group and other senior programming
      • Health & Wellness – tips, workouts, questions answered
      • Performing Arts – keep the kids dancing and check in with the North Suburban School of Dance
      • Visual Arts – check in for art plans, virtual classes and artist ideas for everyone
      • Special Olympics – keep in touch with the Special Olympics team
      • Youth Development – keep the kids busy with activities, questions, websites and fun!
      • Smartlab – keep S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maintenance) going while we are out of school
      • Camp – start looking forward to the summer with camp fun!
    • Brighten Someone’s Day – Community Outreach –http://www.nsymca.org/- Do you want to help us brighten someone's day? The NSYMCA is partnering with Covenant Living to bring love, inspiration and friendly "hello's" to the seniors and our entire community who may be struggling with the social distancing. We are asking kids, adults or anyone interested in doing one or all of the following below to brighten someone else’s day! Here are just a few ideas:
      • Letters, - Write a letter of encouragement
      • Picture - A picture of any kind will lift up someone's spirits
      • Video - a 30-45 second video. Your video can simply to someone, tell a joke, or show a talent! This is a great place for kids who have been working on things in school or extracurricular activities to show off their skills!
      • Poster Board (to be dropped off at Covenant Living drop box and will be placed on the lawn of Covenant Living to cheer up the residents.)
    • Senior Activities – Karen is keeping our senior programming going and opening it to all!
      • Brain games – Tuesdays at 1pm & Fridays at 9:15
      • NSYMCA Social Club – Join for camaraderie and a virtual meal if you want to eat along –
        • Lunch         Thursday 3/26 at 11:45
        • Dinner Monday 3/30 at 5:30pm
      • Caregivers Support Group – Fridays at 10:30am
      • Adult Education Seminars – keep an eye out for those to restart soon!
    • Community Check-In form - http://www.nsymca.org/The Y wants to keep people connected. Sign up to receive a call or make a call to someone who is feeling isolated. People can sign up through the form and we will match people up to check in on each other.
    • Sunset Foods Delivery Messages- Is working with Sunset Foods to include Inspirational Notes & Art made by Y families and local schools to include in their deliveries to cheer people up. Leave your message in Brighten Someone’s Day at www.nsymca.org
    • NSYMCA - Community Fitness Challenges – Encouraging everyone to work out to reach 30,000 minutes of exercise. People can track through the app, FB, email or the Wellness Community boards. Help us get our goal!! https://northsuburbanymca.wixsite.com/community/forum/health-wellness

    We appreciate everyone’s support for the Y as we work to strengthen our neighborhood virtually, working to keep people connected to community. We hope you will continue to support the way through your membership or donations: click here.

    If you have questions you can call the Y at 847-272-7250 and leave a message through the dial by name directory. To email a specific department with questions please use links here - http://nsymca.org/about-us/board-members-and-staff

    Stay Healthy and stay in touch.

 

Program and Membership Status

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that relies on primarily on your membership and program fees to stay alive. This pandemic will no doubt have a financial impact on many, including the Y.

Your membership is meaningful to us and that “meaning” lies in the relationships you have built at the Y. Those relationships are based upon the humanity you share with others. The Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; however, how we manage it is in our control. Join us in creating a history that demonstrates how we came together and served those who need us in our community. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee and support the Y so that we can use this revenue to “do good”, and support our community by keeping the Y healthy and enabling us to continue life-changing programs in our community.

We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes.

We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to returning to business as usual as soon as possible.