Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 9.1.20
Effective Friday, September 4 at 5pm Governor Cooper’s Executive Order #163 Phase 2.5 Extension will allow traditional fitness-type gyms to reopen and operate at 30% capacity. If that standard (which is one of the most conservative for businesses) is applied to Triangle Volleyball Club it would mean that 250+ people [ca. 32 people/court] would be allowed. We are providing this information for reference purposes only and plan to continue to operate below that capacity until the situation with the Coronavirus pandemic improves further.
For more information on Triangle's Pandemic Response and Return-to-Sport plan please click HERE.
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Additionally, in compliance with the CDC recommendation to not hold events for the next eight (8) weeks that will have more than 50 people in attendance, we have cancelled our final three Triangle-hosted events
- Carolina Power Events (#1 and #2)
- Triangle Spring Classic
Teams from other clubs entered in these events have already been sent a full refund via mail.
Stay safe and healthy and please continue to take every precaution to not progress this disease in our community.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.14.20
These are uncertain times and we have seen unprecedented and unimaginable actions taken to keep our community and nation from facing an epidemic that threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system. We feel very fortunate that we have not learned of any exposures to Coronavirus within our Triangle community. However, there have been several recent developments that impact our operations. Please read on...
- At 7pm Friday, USA Volleyball announced that “We are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 coronavirus. In the interest of welfare and safety of our membership, USA Volleyball is eliminating the sanctioning for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) effective 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 13. This ban on all USA Volleyball sanctioned activities extends through March 31."
- The Carolina Region has reiterated USAV's statement and emphasized that it applies to both indoor and outdoor volleyball activities.
- The NCAA released the following statement at 130pm Friday – “The Council leadership put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches. Additionally, the group advised schools to suspend any official and unofficial visits to campus from prospective student-athletes. This recruiting dead period will be in place until at least April 15, at which time the Division I Council Coordination Committee will evaluate. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods.”
- We have also been informed of the following relating to national qualifying events
- Red Rock Rave (18s Qualifier) has not yet announced cancellation or postponement but should shortly as they are USAV sanctioned.
- Windy City Qualifier in Chicago scheduled for Easter weekend has been cancelled.
- Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia is postponed. There is no information available at this time on possible rescheduling.
- Big South Qualifier has made no new announcements. The last communication stated they would be meeting on Monday and will release information after concluding their meeting..
What’s next for Triangle?
- We are extending our gym closure through Sunday, March 22nd and will evaluate extensions of our closure on a weekly basis. Athletes and families need to prepare themselves for the strong possibility that our closure will extend further into the future. It should be noted that some of the most successful and prominent clubs in the country are making a similar decision in the best interests of their local community and the nation.
- We have cancelled all open-to-the-public programming for the current session and cancelled all rental contracts for the near term.
- The administrative team is maintaining weekday office hours 10am-5pm.
- Appointments for Trinity Wellness Center full physical therapy services will be held on Thursday. To book contact Trinity Wellness Center at 919-875-1932.
Please stay safe and healthy by adhering to government and public health official policies and recommendations. Practice social distancing* whenever possible and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. - Triangle Volleyball Club
*Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. [CDC website]
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.12.20
As evidenced by multiple news reports and various announcements by other sport organizations, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread is causing an ever-increasing public health concern.
After thoughtful consideration of the potential health impact on our Triangle community and the greater community at large, we are suspending all volleyball activities (practices, clinics, private lessons, etc.) and closing our gym through Sunday, March 15th minimally. During our closure we will continue to monitor developments and make a final decision as to when we will return to the gym.
As for our gym, we have invested considerable effort in the sanitizing of our gym and are confident that when we re-open we will be welcoming our athletes back to a safe space.
We know removing volleyball activity from our athletes will be an additional challenge in already difficult times. Our thoughts are with all of you and please remain safe.
EARLIER TODAY: At 1230am EST USA Volleyball announced that all USAV sanctioned events be postponed or cancelled through March 22nd. We wholly support that decision as an abundance of caution to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community by avoiding large gatherings.
As such Triangle will not serve as a Carolina Region one-day event host for the next two weekends (Saturday, March 14th and 21st). Please stay tuned as the suspension of events may continue beyond March 22nd.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.11.20
We are carefully monitoring the emerging information surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the United States, North Carolina and Wake County in particular.
I [Sherry Fadool] have spoken to officials at the Wake County Public Health Department. They have stressed the following:
- 80% of those who contract coronavirus have mild illness with recovery possible with no medical intervention. As such they are not recommending that travel be suspended due to the current state of or threat of coronavirus exposure.
- It has been primarily individuals in the high-risk category (over 65 years of age and/or with compromised health conditions) that have suffered more serious illness upon exposure. Therefore, the only recommendations to cancel events or restrict travel are directed to this compromised population.
The bottom line is as of today, at this moment, we are continuing our plans to continue all planned activities at Triangle including team practices, camps and clinics, and tournaments.
I feel compelled to share that our decisions are not being guided by economics in any fashion. Our primary focus has been and will continue to be directed solely towards the health and safety of our staff, athletes, officials and visitors. We are committed to respecting the science which is evolving daily and the recommendations of public health officials who are charged with overseeing the containment of COVID-19.
We recognize that the risk of infection exists in all venues and activities in our community. We also believe that we will remain in a heightened posture toward the possibility of community spread for quite some time. With that said, there are intangible and tangible benefits of going on with our lives, with heightened awareness and armed with conservative hygiene protocols, as normally as possible.
I know and understand that some individuals will have differing opinions on participation in sports or attending sports events at this time. I also understand that any athlete absences in a team setting will likely impact team viability. I hope each of us can be thoughtful and appreciate that people have different comfort levels with illness and the associated risk of disease spread. Also, some of our members have family members in high risk populations that they live with or interact with on a daily basis.
Below is additional specific information on how we are managing our facility and minimizing risk of exposure.
TRIANGLE’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
- Our cleaning efforts have been ramped up since early February as the flu virus was in the area. We sanitize our courts weekly as part of those efforts.
- We frequently and regularly sanitize high contact areas including counters, hand rails, door knobs, etc.
- We regularly sanitize the athletic floor and equipment in the PACT room.
- We are spraying volleyballs regularly with disinfectant.
- We have made hand sanitizer more readily available in the gym including on court.
- We are suspending the practice of high-fiving and hand shaking in the gym for either practice or competition.
- The region has also instructed all facilities hosting CR tournaments to place hand sanitizer on the scorer’s table at each court and refrain from pre and post-match handshakes/high fives.
EXPOSURE INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Anyone who is sick or not feeling well should refrain from attending any gym activities including tournaments. This includes both athletes and spectators.
- Anyone in a high-risk population (over age 65 and/or with a chronic health condition) should strongly consider not coming to practices and events at Triangle due to the risk of exposure to numerous communicable diseases.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES LIKE COVID-19
Prevention lies in large measure with each individual’s personal hygiene practices. In the end, every person’s hygiene will play a primary role in whether or not they contract any communicable disease.
Health officials are stressing businesses and schools minimize the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the same manner as that recommended for controlling the spread of influenza. The CDC and health departments emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices and maintaining normal cleaning routines to fight germs and prevent the spread of illnesses like:
- Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used. REMINDER: hand washing with soap and water is vastly more effective than using hand sanitizer.
- Individuals should stay home and not be in our gym if they have had any fever (with or without having taken fever-reducing medication) or experienced symptoms of illness within the past 24 hours.
- Avoid contact/exposure to anyone who is ill. Be ‘hygiene vigilant’ if someone in your home is sick.
- Any sneeze or cough should be covered. If tissues are used, they should be disposed of properly and hands should be washed.
- Drinks and personal hygiene items like lip balm should not be shared.
- People should clean their phones frequently (front back…all around).
- Athletes should clean their water bottle after each use (inside and out with soap and water).
- Athletes should clean/sanitize their whistles and not share with teammates.
- Given the nature of the game of volleyball (platform passing) athletes should wash their hands to their elbows with soap and water.
- Be conscious and vigilant about avoiding touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes. Having accountability partners in your family or among your team can help everyone become better at this.
- ADDITIONAL MEASURES for athletes:
- All volleyball gear should be washed frequently.
- Bleach/Sanitize kneepads, arm sleeves, ankle braces, etc.
- Wash athlete’s backpacks regularly.
- Athletes should also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use
If you have further questions or concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we suggest you seek information from reputable sources. Several we recommend are:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
- NC Department of Health and Human Services
- Wake County Public Health Division
- USA Volleyball
Without question, COVID-19 is a global disease much like the flu and considerable resources are being directed to better understand transmission pathways and treatment. We recognize that the uncertainty and intense media coverage of COVID-19 has led many to be fearful and hesitant to go about their normal routines and activities without interruption. As it relates to our activities at Triangle Volleyball Club please be assured that our leadership team is firmly focused on the health and safety of all of you. We appreciate your efforts to support better hygiene overall and to educate our athletes on how they can best protect themselves.
Sherry Fadool, Executive Director
Triangle Volleyball Club