ICAI Conference Update
With less than one week until we plan to convene in Portland, we are following the latest news regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). At this time, we plan to hold the conference as scheduled, but we will continue to monitor the situation. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer refunds.
We have undertaken the following actions with our health and safety in mind. First, we’ve been in contact with Travel Portland and the Oregon Health Authority, who have provided useful information for travelers, which is described below. Second, we have reached out to the Embassy Suites to request additional measures for disinfection of common areas. Finally, we have created a set of suggestions for attendees’ self-care.
At the conference, we suggest following the U.S. CDC’s guidance as well as the following etiquette.
-If you’re not feeling well, please self-isolate.
-As hard as it is with old friends, please refrain from shaking hands and other physical contact
-Cover any coughs or sneezes with the inside of your elbow
-Wash your hands after contact with high contact items such as doorknobs or elevator buttons
The U.S. Center for Disease Control encourages individuals:
-Avoid contact with sick people.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. – Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. (We plan to have sanitizers throughout the conference for ease of use by attendees.)
-It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Information from Authorities in Portland
We have been in communication with the Portland Conventions Bureau (Travel Portland) who have also been in contact with the local health department and the Oregon Health Authority. They are monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 closely.
We wanted to give you some information that might be beneficial as you begin your travel.
The Oregon Health Authority released this statement on Saturday (Feb. 29) regarding the Washington County diagnosis: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-First-Presumptive-Case-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
The Oregon Health Authority has also created the following fact sheet:
At this time the World Health Organization does not have travel restrictions within the United States. For additional information about COVID-19 from the CDC, please refer to the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you prior to the conference. During the conference, if needed, we encourage you to access local healthcare and if you feel symptoms develop, please consider self-isolation.
We still look forward to a fantastic conference in Portland!