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COVID Update

Updated: August 26, 2022

These updated policies were established after reviewing recent changes by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Baltimore County Department of Health, and in consultation with our medical advisors at LifeBridge Health.

Please review your exposure status and take the following steps where applicable, before your return. Please note symptoms include: a cough and sneezing, in addition to other COVID-19 symptoms like runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and nausea.

Positive Covid Test:

  • Do not visit the JCC for a minimum of five days after your positive test.  Day zero is day of symptoms or date of positive test if asymptomatic.   
  • After these five days you are welcome to return as long as you are symptom free.
  • You are required to wear a mask for the next five days at the JCC.

Direct exposure to someone who tests positive (not in same household):

  • If no symptoms:
    • No quarantine
    • You are required to wear a mask for 10 days after initial exposure
    • Testing is recommended five days or more after exposure (if you were Covid-positive in the last 90-day testing is not needed)
  • Symptoms:
    • Quarantine for minimum of five days.
    • You are required to get a PCR test on or after day five  (if you were Covid-positive in the last 90-day testing is not required)
    • Return when symptom free
    • You are required to wear a mask for five additional days upon return

Direct exposure to someone who tests positive (same household):

  •  If COVID-positive household member can completely isolate: no quarantine is required, and wear a mask while at the J for 10 days, we ask that you test (home tests are acceptable) on day 1 of initial exposure and then on day 5. If you test positive, please refer to positive COVID protocols
  • IF COVID-positive household member CAN NOT completely isolate from other family members: quarantine for 5 days, may return on day 6, wearing a mask for an additional 5 days and after testing negative (at home test is acceptable on day 6). A follow-up test is required on day 10 post-exposure. If, at any time, you test positive, please follow the positive COVID protocols.

We are doing our best to track cases at the JCC and to notify members of possible exposure.  If you recently tested positive after a visit to the JCC please contact our membership team at member_services@jcc.org or 410.500.5910 (PH) or 410.559.3506 (OM) for guidance.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updated information when available.  We are committed to keeping our community engaged, safe, and healthy!  Let’s each do our part to keep each other safe and healthy.

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SANITIZING AND CLEANING PROCEDURES

  • Our enhanced round-the-clock cleaning procedures, using hospital-grade disinfectant cleaners, help assure that all surfaces and high touch points are kept clean and free of bacterial build-up.  This includes the use of Electrostatic Antimicrobial Fog Sprayers that enables the cleaning solutions to adheres to surfaces and penetrate hard-to-reach areas including cracks and crevices
  • Members should continue to wipe down and clean all equipment before and after use.
  • Our housekeeping team routinely cleans throughout the day and a deep cleaning is done midday and at the end of each day.
  • Disinfectant wipes are available for members and staff to use in all our sports and wellness areas to kill bacteria, germs, and viruses.
  • Touchless, hand sanitizer stations are readily available throughout our facilities.
  • Our Early Learning Center and J Camps team are following cleaning and sanitizing protocols recommended by local and national medical experts. 

VENTILATION: AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING UNITS

  • We provide regular preventive maintenance to our units including routine filter changes. Our air filters come with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) rating of 11. MERV ratings define the effectiveness of the filter against airborne particles which are measured in Microns. Each Micron is one millionth of a meter in size. We use MERV 11 filters in all J cooling and heating units, the highest filter recommended for our heating and cooling systems which also enable unobstructed air flow. MERV filters rated 11 catch particles that are 1.0 - 3.0 microns and are often used in hospital laboratories.

SWIMMING POOLS

  • Sodium hypochlorite is a CDC approved pool disinfectant which is applied in swimming pools for water disinfection and oxidation. At our Park Heights facility and all of our outdoor pools on the Owings Mills campus, we add sodium hypochlorite to the water in a form similar to household bleach. At our Owings Mills indoor facility, we introduce sodium hypochlorite by electrically breaking down saltwater. Disinfectant levels are continuously maintained by electronic controllers and are manually checked throughout the day. Ultraviolet (UV) light - an extremely effective sanitizer commonly used in medical environments and on municipal water supplies – is also employed at both of our indoor facilities. We run a large fan over our pools to help improve airflow in the natatorium to reduce the buildup of chloramines on the pool surface. Throughout the day we increase the fan speed and periodically exchange the natatorium air by bringing in fresh air from the outside.

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