Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA  •  410 West McMillan Street  •  Marshfield, WI 54449  •  Phone: 715-387-4900
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TAKING ACTION TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Friday, March 20, 2020

UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020 

I understand the Y will continue to draft my membership during the closure. Please tell me, how are those funds being used?

We are very thankful for the support of our members who are continuing their membership during the closure. Supporting the Y by maintaining your membership will allow us to:

  • Operate programs for special community needs, such as providing child care for the children of families who are working in the front-line efforts to contain COVID-19.
  • Support our staff with creative work options while normal operations are suspended, such as engaging and communicating with our Active Older Adult members.
  • Maintain and deep clean our buildings in preparation for re-opening.

 

How has the Y handled membership charges for March 2020?

Because the Y has always believed in making our facilities, programs, and classes accessible to all, we have also believed in offering a variety of membership payment options. Please contact our membership department at 715.387.4900 or email hmichaelis@mfldymca.org regarding your membership agreement.

Can I place my membership on hold?

We would like you to consider investing in your YMCA by continuing your membership dues, however, we are happy to place your membership on hold if you prefer. To put your membership on hold, contact the membership department at 715.387.4900 or email hmichaelis@mfldymca.org

Is child care available for my kids?

Based on the recommendation of Governor Evers and the Department of Children and Family Services, we will continue offering child care services to working families and emergency personnel during this critical time. Licensed YMCA Child Care and School-Age Care we will remain open during regular hours and your child will continue to receive care by our trusted teachers and staff even though the Y facility is closed.

If you are in need of temporary infant, toddler, preschool or school-age child care during this time, please call the Y at 715.387.4900 Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm for more information or email ablaskowski@mfldymca.org.

To help protect the families and child care staff, the Y has continued to clean and disinfect the classrooms with practices which include a Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer. We will be enforcing hand washing at drop off and throughout the day. Anyone who has a fever above 100.4 Fahrenheit will be excluded from care for 48 hours (instead of the normal 24 hours) or until the child is fever free without the aid of medication. Anyone with an excessive cough, sore throat, runny nose, or wheezing will be excluded from care for 24 hours or until symptom free.

In addition to extra cleaning, there is a reduction of public entry into the Y Child Care Center. Y staff will be available at the Everett & Dolores Roehl Youth Center Entrance to either call for your child's classroom staff, or walk your child to their classroom. There is also a phone in the entrance to call the classroom directly for assistance.

How do the new childcare guidelines, issued March 18 by Governor Evers affect the Y?

A document with FAQs on DCF Guidance Order #4 can be found HERE. 

Will I get a refund or credit for the programs I am enrolled in?

Each program/activity participant will receive an email with specific information regarding their registration. We ask for your patience while we work to contact all enrolled participants.

How can I remain active during this closure?

Our facility is closed but we are still here for you! We continue to focus on our members by securing online fitness relationships to offer fitness workouts for our members to use from home. Visit ymca360.org for on-demand fitness programs for adults and kids. For our Silver Sneakers participants who are registered and eligible members, visit silversneakers.com.

How long will the Y be closed?

Based on guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Governor Evers, we are currently anticipating closure through April 5, with a re-open date of April 6. However, this is an ever-changing situation and we will communicate any extended or shortened closures as soon as those decisions are being made.

When will we know more?

We will be providing frequent updates to our operations as decisions are made and/or changed. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

How was the decision to close made?

This decision was made after many hours of deliberation with the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA Leadership Team, and after consulting with the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Alliance of YMCAs and Marshfield Area YMCA Board of Directors Executive Committee. We know that the Y is a community hub where youth, adults and families gather. With this in mind, we felt it necessary to align our decision with the Marshfield School District and in accordance with the recommendation from our state leaders.

Are there any cleaning precautions taking place during the closure?

While our facility is closed, our staff teams will be cleaning and sanitizing all spaces, equipment, surfaces and common areas.

What are your business hours during the closure?

We're always happy to serve any of your needs via email. In the event you would like to speak to a staff member, we will have staff available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

 

UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020

In light of the uncertainty created by the increased impact of the coronavirus, closure of schools, and the increased need to provide essential services for the most vulnerable in our community, we are confronted with a moment of truth. How best can our YMCA serve the community and support efforts to keep our community healthy and safe?

For over 32 years, we have always been an organization that walked in the direction of a challenge.  Today we must focus our resources on those who need us most during this unprecedented time.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA will be closed until Monday, April 6, 2020. This closure includes 24-hour access. We plan to restore full operations in concert with the Marshfield School District re-opening. It is probable that this date could change as we learn more on the fight against community spread of the coronavirus. This closure is preventative in nature, we have not had a confirmed case or exposure in our YMCA facility at this time. All program/activity participants will be contacted with specific information regarding their registration.

In the interest of promoting safe public health practices from the CDC and our local Health Departments, the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA is taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a healthy community. Based on the recommendation of Governor Evers and the Department of Children and Family Services, we will continue offering child care services to working families and emergency personnel during this critical time. If you are enrolled in the Y’s Child Care or School-Age Care Program, we will remain open during regular hours and your child will continue to receive care by our trusted teachers and staff.

In the near term, we are pivoting our resources to best support the most pressing needs in our community. We are aligning with our community partners to serve parents who must work, including health care workers, first responders and “essential” employees protecting our community. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and we will be there for them.

As you can see through these various programs and services, our Y is committed to be there for those who need us most. We ask that you join us in this effort, by investing in your membership so that we can maintain vital life-changing programs at the Y. If you prefer to put your membership on hold, please contact us and we will do that for you, but we invite you to join us in service to others needing our help. We know your membership is meaningful to you and that meaning lies in the relationships you have built at the Y. Those relationships are based upon how much you care about our community and want everyone to have the opportunity to thrive – no matter what our world is facing.

Finally, to support your health and well-being goals we are offering Y360, a YMCA free on-demand fitness program for adults and kids to do at home. You can access it today by visiting ymca360.org. For our Silver Sneakers participants who are registered and eligible members, there is also an on-demand program specific to your fitness needs. You can access it today by visiting silversneakers.com.

We are closely working with our community leaders and will continue to provide updates and relevant information on a regular basis through our website, Facebook and email communications. If you have any questions or concerns during our closure, you are welcome to call 715.387.4900, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm or email info@mfldymca.org anytime.

In the meantime, we hope that you will join us in our efforts to serve those in our community who need us most. Thank you for your support as we work diligently to ensure the health and safety of our community.