Keeping Our Community Safe: COVID-19 Safety Measures at PHA Events
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on our community. Not only has it impacted the physical health of many members, in some cases with fatal consequences, but the isolation, misinformation and uncertainty has increased the mental health toll on our community members. Although the spread of the virus has seemingly slowed down and disappeared in many parts of the world, PHA is committed to remaining vigilant and always prioritizing the health of our community.
In accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, PHA’s COVID-19 policy for event* attendees, volunteers and staff will focus on individual responsibility and continue to strongly encourage the use of proven methods to prevent or stop the spread of the virus.
- Vaccination: We urge all event participants to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, which protect against serious illness, hospitalization and death. It is important to note that PH patients, who may be moderately or severely immunocompromised, have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Please follow these recommendations to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Negative test: Attendees who show any symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, loss of smell/taste, etc.) are urged to test for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the event. Only attendees who are symptom-free at the beginning of the event may attend. If symptoms are developed during the event, attendees must immediately isolate and test.
- Masking and social distancing: Tight-fitting N95 or KN95 face masks have been effective in slowing down transmission; for this reason, we strongly encourage attendees to wear them during events. Social distancing is also encouraged. Please note that PHA does not provide masks.
Virtual events will continue to be an option. PHA also reserves the right to restrict or relax this policy based on viral activity at the time immediately before and during an event. Thank you.
*PHA events consist of any meeting or gathering of patients, caregivers and/or health care professionals hosted, sponsored or sanctioned by PHA.