WWOA Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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March 19, 2020

 

Dear WWOA members and colleagues,

The health and safety of our professional community and association members is of paramount importance to WWOA.

Concerns over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are expected to grow and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage caution while avoiding panic. We believe it is important to stay abreast of current, relevant and accurate information from reputable sources, as well as maintaining common sense hygiene practices…which we as trained professionals in the water/wastewater industry routinely follow in our professional and personal lives.

As a result of continuous monitoring of the evolving situation with the coronavirus, the WWOA Board of Directors has established the following guidelines with regard to WWOA association-wide and WWOA regional meetings/events. These guidelines have been developed in accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, restrictions set down by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other reputable sources.

At this time, the WWOA Board of Directors advises cancelling all in-person meetings, trainings and events through June 15, 2020. The WWOA leadership will continue to closely monitor and assess the situation based on what new developments occur and make decisions regarding future events scheduled after June 15th based on all information available. In all instances, WWOA is committed to taking the necessary steps to the extent possible to provide a safe experience for participants of our events.

We understand that there are concerns regarding earning of CECs and certification maintenance and how this has been affected by the cononavirus situation. The WDNR will continue to be the best source to contact for information about certification credits and maintenance, and we recommend you reach out to them directly with your questions. In the meantime, we want to highlight the section on the WDNR website that lists online training opportunities, as webinars and other virtual opportunities for earning credits do currently exist and may be of interest to you. The link to the list of online offerings is https://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/training.html.

As the impact of coronavirus evolves, we at WWOA will continue to share updates and resources related to the current situation. While we as an organization are committed to keeping the information on our website and in our communications as up to date as possible, we encourage you to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Wisconsin Department of Health Services websites, and other reputable resources, for more detailed information. To this end, we have included a list of reliable resources below.

Thank you for your support of WWOA and our profession during this challenging period. If you have any questions, please contact us at customercare@wwoa.org.

Sincerely,

WWOA Board of Directors

 
Recommended Resources

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Recommendations for Mass Gatherings/Other Large Communities

World Health Organization

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Travel.State.Gov

U.S. Travel Association

Water Environment Federation (WEF) Resources

Individual WWOA members’ organizations/institutions/facilities, who are also sharing regular updates and guidance with their employees and other contacts

Wisconsin DNR Online Training

 

UPDATED: March 19, 2020