Safeguarding Our Health – YMCA’s Response to COVID19 coronavirus

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The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is committed to safeguarding the health of our members and staff. As we monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Washington and Idaho, we want to keep you informed about what the Y is doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community and how you can help. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.


At the Y, you can expect to see our staff cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, phones, banisters, and handrails, etc., throughout the facility. We have added additional staff hours to ensure consistent cleaning of common surface areas.

Our cleaning and disinfectant spray has a 30 second disinfection window unlike other products that take longer.

The Y remains open to serve our community. Any facility and/or schedule adjustments will be communicated first via our App followed closely by our website and social accounts, Facebook and Twitter.

We are monitoring closely, and following guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Spokane Regional Health District, and the Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases 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
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

This video of Dr. Peter Lin may provide useful information about COVID19.

We all play a role in keeping ourselves and others safe and healthy.

YMCA of the Inland Northwest
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