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At the Washington County Family YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader Washington County community have always been and will always be a top priority.

We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.

“In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to close our YMCA facility to the public effective March 18 through at least March 29,” said Washington County Family YMCA CEO Kristy Purlee.

She noted all programs will remain closed until further notice.

The Y administrative office will remain open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm in order to continue our community response to feed youth and seniors during this time.

The Y will continue to take donations of packaged healthy foods for distribution to those in need.

“We understand this is a very concerning situation. The decision to close our facility was made to best ensure the safety of everyone in our community,” said Kristy Purlee, CEO. “We recognize that these actions are necessary to help prevent the spread of this virus. We also know that the programs that we run are important for our members and participants, and they contribute to making the community a better place. In an effort to help keep things as normal as possible, we will be paying all of our staff for the next 2 weeks.”

Purlee asks the public to be patient during this unprecedented time.

“We ask that you please keep your membership active so we can keep our community together and vibrant during these significant challenges,” encouraged Purlee. “We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will work with local officials to determine what future actions will be necessary.”

During this closure, they YMCA will provide updates and information directly to staff, members and participants via email. We will also be posting information to our website and social media channels

The YMCA’s wellness instructors will be sharing at-home workouts on our Facebook page, as well as providing some links to other YMCA resources on You Tube.

“We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes,” noted Purlee.