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May, 2020

COVID-19 / Coronavirus update

This news article may be updated in real time.  Check back for updates.
USA of Indiana has no doctors on staff and does not provide medical advice.
Please consult a doctor if you have symptoms, see below.
Please practice CDC and Indiana Governor preventative and social distancing guidelines, see below.
Please get firsthand information from:  CDC  and  Indiana Department of Health for both prevention and what to do if you have symptoms.
See below for good pictures of prevention and symptoms.

5/29/20
Return to Play Protocols

We are gearing up to return to the fields beginning June 15 for a week of training prior to travel team tryouts. Watch for information about special requirements designed to keep all players, parents, and guests safe. 


Additional resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255.
National Domestic Abuse website Call 
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Distress Hotline with counselors available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 or go to http://samhsa.gov/
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We came across and are sharing this article published in St. Louis Post Dispatch written by 4 doctors as there is a great deal of good information in this article for each of us.  Some of the information pertains to 4 St. Louis hospitals.  Most of the information (highlighted below) pertains to us all.  See entire article here 

The highlighted information below is entirely credited to  Clay Dunagan, MD, MS, Keith Starke, MD, Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, J. William Campbell, MD
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
IF YOU’RE SICK
COVID-19 testing
While more testing sites are available, at this writing, patients still must be screened before being tested. Due to a limited number of COVID-19 testing supplies across the U.S., only patients who are ill and meet COVID-19 criteria are currently being tested. For those with milder symptoms, doctors recommend staying home and away from others and taking care of yourself as you would with other viruses. Call your physician if you feel that your condition is worsening.

Patients who feel they meet the requirements still must be screened before being tested. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to someone who has the disease, call your health care provider, the local health department or local hospital to be screened for testing, or take one of the new virtual screenings.  IF YOU’RE SICK  Please get firsthand information from:  CDC  and  Indiana Department of Health

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Your part matters
You play a vital role in helping Central Indiana get through this pandemic. To control the spread of COVID-19, each and every one of us needs to continue washing our hands effectively and often, continue social distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance between yourself and others and comply with Indiana Governor or local stay-home order.  Do it for yourself and your community.

PREVENTION  Please get firsthand information from:  CDC  and  Indiana Department of Health

Coping with stress and anxiety.  The COVID-19 outbreak not only causes physical symptoms, it can threaten emotional and mental health — regardless of whether one has been infected with the virus.  With disruptions to normal life, lost income, social isolation and fear for your safety and that of your loved ones, feelings of anger, worry, frustration or loss are natural. But it’s essential to manage the stress you’re feeling to stay physically and mentally healthy.

What you can do to stay resilient in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak:
Get credible information from trusted source about COVID-19 and your actual risk.

PREVENTION
Please get firsthand information from:  CDC  and  Indiana Department of Health

Be aware that misinformation and rumors can spread quickly — especially on social media.
Avoid too much news exposure. Balance staying informed with news overload. A constant stream of pandemic updates can increase anxiety.
Keep your body healthy. It boosts your mental health. Maintain a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Exercise regularly. Don’t use alcohol, nicotine or other drugs to blunt anxiety.
Reach out to others. Call, text, write or video chat regularly with family and friends. Online book clubs, dance parties and special interest groups let you connect with others while social distancing.  (Call your teammates to check in.  Train on your own.)

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are many free resources available to help you through this difficult time.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Distress Hotline with counselors available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 or go to http://samhsa.gov/.

Times of crisis often lead to an increase in domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in a violent situation, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, http://thehotline.org/  or 1-800-799-7233.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255.

March 12, 2020
Dear USA of Indiana family,
Your child’s health is of paramount importance to us and for that reason we, along with other local travel clubs in the area have taken the following decision after receiving guidance from our Indiana sanctioning body and the Indiana Department of Health.  Effective from 1pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020, all soccer training hosted by USA of Indiana is postponed till further notice, this includes all indoor facilities and outdoor facilities. 
All tournament, league, cup and national League games are postponed until further notice  USAI will be evaluating conditions on a bi-weekly basis to determine when it’s appropriate to reinstate USAI activities. Director Ian Scott will regularly update travel coaches on the status of travel training and travel tournaments.  Here at USAI we trust you understand and fully support our decision in the interest of Health and Safety.

From USA of Indiana to all players and parents and coaches.  
All emailed and posted information is FYI from other sources. 
March 9, 2020
USA of Indiana is NOT a health care provider nor does it have any health care providers on staff.

1. If you are ill, please consult your doctor and do not attend training nor games until cleared by your doctor.
2. Please use elbow bumps as greeting and end of game "hand shakes" until further notice.
3. Please frequently wash your hands.  See below.
4. Please use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol.  See below.
5. USA of Indiana will follow direction from CDC, Indiana & County Health Departments, and US Soccer.


NEWS
This is the Federal Government CDC site with a wealth of information.

From Indiana Health Department, tweeted 3/3/2020: Just like other illnesses, washing your hands can help prevent the spread of germs. Stay informed and follow the below measures to prevent #COVID19 and other respiratory illnesses.  Visit http://in.gov/isdh/28470.htm or http://cdc.gov/covid19 for more info

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Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 symptoms. (CDC)

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Other symptoms could include: dry cough, fatigue, achiness, nasal congestion, sore throat and diarrhea.

Those symptoms are common to the flu and common cold.

The CDC recommends you call your doctor if you have those symptoms and have recently traveled from an area with widespread COVID-19 cases or came in contact with a person known to have COVID-19.



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US SOCCER Posted 3/9/2020

To:        U.S. Soccer Membership
From:    Dr. George Chiampas, Chief Medical Officer
RE:       Coronavirus Update

With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, U.S. Soccer's leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all international and domestic programming for our National Teams and staff. As part of this review, we are working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, USOPC, IOC and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation. Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and staff. For this reason we have modified some of our travel policies, and are reaffirming best practices for illness prevention.  As members of the U.S. Soccer family, we would encourage you to carefully look at your own programming - including events and travel - and stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. We will endeavor to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Additionally, here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:
CDC - Coronavirus Overview
CDC - Travel Recommendations (China)
CDC - Frequently Asked Questions
CDC - Travelers Health
WHO - Advice for Coronavirus
U.S. Department of State - Country Specific Travel Information
USOPC - Coronavirus Update
Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.
Sincerely,
Dr. George Chiampas
Chief Medical Officer
U.S. Soccer

INDIANA GOVERNOR 3/16/2020

INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.  The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest updates on testing and cases.

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
    •  Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
      Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


INDIANA GOVERNOR 3/12/2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced additional steps the state will take to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana. As of noon today, the state has 12 Hoosiers who have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19.

“This is a time when we must do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect our most vulnerable populations and reduce their potential to acquire or spread this virus,” said Gov. Holcomb. “While some actions are drastic, now, not later, is the time to act.” 

Here are the actions Gov. Holcomb is initiating today.

• Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in one room or a single space at the same time, such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting and conference rooms, auditoriums and the like. This guidance applies to professional, social, community and similar other gatherings. Detailed guidance will be posted on the Indiana State Department of Health website by the end of the day.

• Effective immediately, school corporations will be provided with a 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days for use as needed for the remainder of the academic year. The waived days do not need to be used consecutively and can be leveraged as needed.

o If a school corporation has evidence of community spread or a confirmed positive test for coronavirus, officials should consult with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Department of Health for additional steps. Schools should plan now for broader closures, including eLearning and remote classroom options.

o The Department of Education will release additional guidance detailing the process for submitting waiver requests as early as Friday.

o Schools should follow the guidelines for non-essential gatherings as they make decisions about non-essential extra-curricular or co-curricular activities.

• Child care and adult day care facilities should institute social distancing and minimize large gatherings. Temporary suspension of operations should be done in consultation with the Family and Social Services and ISDH in the instance of documented community spread.

• Nursing facilities and hospitals should restrict and screen visitors. Any individual who is allowed to visit is restricted to the patient’s room. Visitors are not allowed if they present with any of this criteria:

o Display signs or symptoms of illness, especially respiratory illness

o Have traveled internationally or been in contact with someone with a respiratory illness in the past 14 days

o Reside in a community with a known COVID-19 case

o Those who are less than 18 years of age

• The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitation at all facilities as a precaution for the health and safety of IDOC staff and offenders.

• Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure. Whenever possible, friends and family should arrange to provide food and other essential items.

• Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services should consider suspending congregate meals services and arrange for home delivery

• Encourage businesses to utilize telework policies, if available

Governor Holcomb is also issuing guidance for state employee operations. The state will suspend all non-essential out-of-state and international travel beginning today and for the next 45 days. The state is also providing employees with guidance about the use of leave and remote work options for limited durations while ensuring the delivery of essential state services. The guidance is attached.

“I fully expect there will be additional actions warranted in the coming days,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Just as we have since the beginning of the year, we are working with partners at all levels to secure all necessary resources for any escalation of this virus.”

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus:

• Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.

• Avoid public areas and public transportation

• Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system

• Don’t shake hands

• Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care.

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Coach, parents, players stay healthier by encouraging everyone to use the same basic health rules you’d use with any virus. Staying home when you are sick (including players!) and regular and complete handwashing are the start.
See the CDC’s recommended everyday preventive actions below to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
o CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
o Facemasks SHOULD be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Get information from CDC https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
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