COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

UPDATE March 24, 2020

Good afternoon Dream Catchers' Family,

We miss you! We hope this email finds you and your family healthy.  We know this is a difficult time for everyone. 

Dream Catchers has continued to monitor the COVID-19 updates from our local, state, and federal agencies.

It is our primary responsibility to ensure the safety of all our Dream Catchers’ Family members. Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that VA schools will be closed for the remainder of this academic year. In light of that announcement we have decided to suspend our Spring 2020 Session until April 30, 2020.  Our decisions are based on today's best evidence and government guidelines. The situation is very fluid and we will continue to reevaluate this decision and provide updates through email and on the website.

The center will not be the same without all your smiling faces, but we thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Please stay tuned for additional updates.  We will be sure to keep everyone informed with any additional changes.  We will be communicating through email so please be sure look out for any important updates.  You can stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram!  We miss everyone and hope you all continue to practice good habits to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.  Please rest assured that all of the horses are being cared for and are all doing fine!

Thank you for being such an important part of the Dream Catchers’ Family!

 

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020

Dream Catchers has an obligation to our community - especially to the members of our Dream Catchers' Family - to take action to help reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, Dream Catchers will be closed March 14 through March 27

We are following the same protocols as the Williamsburg James City County Public School System. 

This decision comes after careful consideration, ongoing discussion and receiving information from health department officials about confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our immediate area.  

During the closure period (March 14th to March 27th), we are asking that only Full Time Employees and Barn Crew report to the center. 

All other staff members, participants, volunteers, etc are being asked to remain off property during the closure period.

 

Dear Dream Catchers Families, Volunteers, Supporters, and Staff:

As you would expect, we have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.  Although there have been no cases to date at Dream Catchers, we are taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously.  The safety, health, and well-being of our Dream Catchers’ Family is, as always, our number one priority. 

We are in communication with the Virginia Department of Health to make sure that we are taking the necessary prevention precautions and that we have a plan in place in case of a regional outbreak.

What We Know

Changes in the status of those identified with the outbreak are happening rapidly. Please check the Virginia Department of Health website for up-to-date information. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What We Are Doing

Here at Dream Catchers, we have undertaken significant cleaning and disinfecting of common surfaces, including lesson equipment.  Please wash your hands as directed above and do so frequently when you are on Dream Catchers property.

One way that families can help is to bring a scarf or bandana for us to use to catch any over-active salivary glands. We tuck those into the chin strap on our helmets--hopefully minimizing the spread of saliva on difficult-to-clean surfaces.

Dream Catchers Additional Protocols

Signs of illness:  Dream Catchers mandates that you stay home if you show any signs of illness.  You may return to the center when you are completely well and/or have clearance from a physician.

Travel:  Dream Catchers mandates that you remain off property if you have traveled outside of the United States within the last 14 days.  You may return to the property if you show no signs or symptoms for a period of 14 days.  We encourage you to become familiar with current travel warnings and guidance available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. As a reminder, traveling to a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 health notice will result in self-isolation for 14 days after returning to the United States.

Mandatory Reporting:  Dream Catchers mandates that you must report any signs of illness or exposure to the Executive Director or Operations Manager. This may mean additional communication with the local health department and public health authorities.

Hand Washing:  Please wash your hands immediately upon entering the barn and be sure to use the antibacterial soap.  There are sinks in the bathroom as well as the volunteer office.  Please also wash your hands in between each lesson.

Personal Contact:  Please limit personal contact with others as much as possible (hugs, handshakes, etc).

We will continue to reevaluate the situation on a daily basis and plan for the coming days and weeks. Your safety and good health are our most important priorities. Every step we take is with those priorities in mind. Dream Catchers typically follows the protocols and guidelines set forth by the Williamsburg James City County Public School System.  You can find updates here:  https://wjccschools.org/coronavirus/

Here are some important resources:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

County officials are in regular communication with the Virginia Department of Health to stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation. You can find the latest information at the links below.

General COVID-19 Resources

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus
Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV

Health Alert Network (HAN): https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020.asp

World Health Organization (WHO)

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus2019

Please do not hesitate to call us at 757-566-1775 if you have any questions or concerns. 

You may also email Janet Mayberry (Executive Director) at jml@dreamcatchers.org or Beth Yurkovac (Operations Manager) at byurkovac@dreamcatchers.org.