Important YMCA Updates Related to COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Hello Friends of Lawrence County YMCA,

Please take our survey and share with us your thoughts and/or concerns regarding the Y's facilities reopening.

Thank you and we can't wait to welcome you back!

The Lawrence County YMCA Staff

Survey Link

April 20, 2020

Dear Valued Y Members and Families,

Although the Lawrence County YMCA facilities are closed, we are still open for you through Y With You virtual tools like Facebook LIVE group fitness classes offered Monday-Thursday, Facebook LIVE family activities like Friday Night Trivia and Saturday Story Time! Join the #StayWithUs movement on social media by sharing with us why you are choosing to stay with the Y!

We recognize that times are different now and would love for you to stay with us and continue your monthly membership with the Lawrence County YMCA. However, we have the following options available to you and your family regarding your membership if you choose to do so:

  • Suspend your monthly membership due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cancel your monthly membership due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Please use the link below if you would like to update your membership status with the Lawrence County YMCA

Email Member Services

April 1, 2020

Dear Valued Y Members and Families,

We are so thrilled to share that our updated Y WITH YOU ONLINE LIBRARY IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ON OUR WEBSITE! It provides hundreds of classes, activities and unique opportunities for you and your family to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle right at home. 

You’ll enjoy free Les Mills classes, MOSSA MOVE class, at-home workout videos from familiar Y instructors, skill developing videos for kids via Les Mills Born to Move. Plus, nutrition tips, mindfulness and stress management resources, recipes, crafts, games, and much more!

And, we hope you’ll join in on our Facebook LIVE experiences and Use #lawcoymcastrong in photos you post of you and your family using Y With You resources for a chance to WIN a Y t-shirt when we open back up and be featured on our feed or in our stories!

Here’s what you’ll find in our Y With You Online Library:

Online Workouts: Free workouts, for the whole family. Enjoy the same programs you love at the Y – from your own home! Browse workouts that you can play from any device – phone, computer or internet-enabled TV – no subscription required

Youth & Family: Don't miss a single chance to get moving while at-home! We understand families may need ideas to keep kids engaged, learning, and having fun. Enjoy a variety of fun activities from your Y!

Stress Management & Mindfulness: For many, this can be a time of increased anxiety and stress so our staff are working to provide you with resources to keep you healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Active Older Adults: Stay active while at home with workouts designed specifically for active older adults

Nutrition: Staying healthy and well involves more than just exercise.Cooking together with a partner or family is always a great way to connect and keep yourself healthy and nourished.

March 26, 2020

The Lawrence County YMCA has been serving this community since 1867. Over those 153 years, we have worked hand in hand with our volunteers and donors to put our mission of serving others into action. While the world navigates a pandemic that is having rapid and severe impacts on our collective quality of life, health, wellness and safety, the Y is committed to providing services to our community members via virtual portals. We want to thank you for continuing to stand by the Lawrence County YMCA as a member and supporting our community during this time. We ask you to remember that we are stronger together.

#lawcoymcastrong

March 17, 2020

Dear Valued Y Members and Families,

The mission of the Y is bigger than a building!

Every day we work to ensure kids have a safe place to go and food to eat, that older adults have a place to socialize, stay active and not be negatively impacted by isolation and loneliness, that everyone in our community has access to a place where they can connect and stay healthy.

That’s why it’s so important in uncertain times like these that incredible members like you stay with us – to help us in our quest to continue to do good in the community. During this temporary closure we are especially thankful for members who continue to pay their membership dues to allow the Y to continue our cause driven work, support our employees and to allow the Y to seamlessly reopen to operations as soon as safely possible

Your relationship with the Y is what keeps us going, keeps us strong and keeps us in service to those who need it most. We thank you for that and want to let you know how we intend to continue connecting you over the next couple weeks, despite our buildings being closed.  We will also let you know of other responses to community need. 

ONLINE RESOURCES
For individuals who would like some help maintaining their fitness goals at home during this crisis, please visit lawcoymca.org/ywithyou. Here, you will find a set of virtual tools, outdoor resources, healthy recipes and information you can put to use while we all comply with public health efforts. Free fitness classes taught by Y instructors from across the country are available at no charge on YouTube. Classes include yoga, boot camp, barre and active older adults. It’s our way of helping you to stay active, healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time. 

STAYING INFORMED
As things change, we will continue to keep you informed. Please be sure to follow us on social media (@lawcoymca), our Y site lawcoymca.org and watch your inbox for further details.

We are grateful for your understanding, flexibility and support during this time of uncertainty.

March 17, 2020

Dear Child Development Center Families,

This is not a decision we wanted to make. We are a community organization that thrives on bringing people together and creating personal connections that shape lives through child development, membership and programs. Our proximity to people and communities has fashioned our YMCA and the impact we make each day.

The nature of COVID-19 virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges.

Effective Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. our child development center will be closed in accordance with the mandate from Governor Wolf to close all non-essential businesses and child care centers. We are in the process seeking a way to reopen our child development center as soon as possible.

March 16, 2020

Dear Valued Y Members,

This is not a decision we wanted to make. We are a community organization that thrives on bringing people together and creating personal connections that change lives through membership and programs. Our proximity to people and communities has shaped our YMCA and the impact we make each day.

But the nature of COVID-19 virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges.

In accordance with the mandate from Governor Wolf to close all non-essential businesses, the Lawrence County YMCA will close our facilities effective at 9 p.m. Monday, March 16

This includes our New Castle YMCA, Preston-Chambers Y-Zone and the dek hockey rink. At this time our child development center will remain open. If you need to come to the Y to retrieve items or conduct any other business, please do so by 9 p.m. today.

ONLINE RESOURCES
For individuals who would like some help to remain fit at home during this crisis, please visit lawcoymca.org/ywithyou  Here, you will find a set of virtual tools, outdoor resources, healthy recipes and information you can put to use while we all comply with public health efforts. Free fitness classes taught by Y instructors from across the country are available at no charge on YouTube. Classes include yoga, boot camp, barre and active older adults. It’s our way of helping you to stay active, healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time. 

STAYING INFORMED
As things change, we will continue to keep you informed. Please be sure to follow us on social media (@lawcoymca), our Y site lawcoymca.org and watch your inbox for further details.

We are grateful for your understanding, flexibility and support.

March 13, 2020

Dear YMCA Community

We deeply appreciate your understanding as we navigate the challenging and unprecedented circumstances related to COVID-19. As the Coronavirus situation is constantly evolving, we want to keep you informed and updated of the actions that our Y will be taking. We believe the Y is a place where families and individuals can go to maintain a sense of normalcy in an unstable time. With that in mind both Lawrence County YMCA locations will remain open until we are told that we must do otherwise.

However, in response to Governor Wolf's recommendation to suspend large gatherings, events or conferences of 250 individuals or more, the following events have been cancelled:

  • March 20: March Family Fun Night at our New Castle YMCA location
  • March 21: Open House at our New Castle YMCA location

We are following all recommendations in regard to increased sanitizing and educating members and participants through posted and verbal communications. Please see below for what you can do at the Y and at your homes:

  • Stay home with you and/or your child are sick and avoid contact with those who show signs of illness
  • Get a Flu Shot
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down fitness equipment before and after use with sanitizing solution
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Use hand sanitizer, located throughout the building, after touching frequently used items
  • Use and dispose of tissues, located throughout the building, as needed
  • Shower before using the pool as well as before and after working out

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe

February 28, 2020

Dear YMCA Community

We are sending this email in the spirit of wellness for our members and the community and in alignment with CDC recommendations. With the increased media attention and heightened awareness of the coronavirus in mind, along with it being peak cold and flu season, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of general precautions you and your family can take to stay well and keep our community safe:

  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with those who show signs of illness
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Cover your sneeze and cough with a tissue
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Here at the Y, you can

  • Keep you and/or your child home when sick
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down fitness equipment beofre and after use
  • Use hand sanitizer, located throughout the building, as needed
  • Shower before using the pool and/or whirlpool

Child Development Center, Drop In Child Watch & Youth Programming

We ask for your cooperation in keeping our programs healthy for all children. Per our member handbook, and DHS licensing requirements, children are to be kept home or will be sent home if demonstrating the following:  

  • Minimum temperature of 101 degrees orally or 100 from the armpit (this excludes reactions children may be having from immunizations). Note: Children need to be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to care or programming.
  • Children receiving antibiotics may return after 24 hours of medication or at the direction of a doctor’s note.  
  • A behavior change making the child unable to participate; for example sluggish, sleepy and/or inconsolable.   
  • If stool is not contained in the diaper.
  • Exceeds 2 or more loose stools; or stools are abnormal for that child. 
  • Vomiting 2 or more times while at school. May return 24 hours after vomiting has stopped.
  • Bronchitis, which is an upper respiratory infection with severe coughing and mucous. May return as per direction of doctor’s note. 
  • Severe cold with fever, coughing, sneezing, and nose drainage. May return when symptoms are gone or with the direction of a doctor’s note.  
  • Whooping Cough. May return as per direction of doctor’s note. 
  • Rashes that have oozing/open wound. May return after rash has disappeared or as per direction of doctor’s note. 
  • Ringworm. Red circular patches on skin and heads. Must consult physician and may not return for 24 hours and as per direction of doctor’s note.  
  • Chicken Pox. May not return until pox have healed and as per direction of doctor’s note.  
  • Measles. May not return for at least five school days, rash has disappeared, and with direction of doctor’s note.  
  • Mumps. May return after fever and swelling are gone and with the direction of a doctor’s note.
  • Head lice. May return once the child has been treated. Staff will check the child before readmitting.

At the Y, we offer programs for our entire community, including individuals at risk for serious complications when contracting illness such as those in treatment for cancer, seniors and infants.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe.