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A Message to Our Members about the YMCA’s Response to Coronavirus

The YMCA of the Blue Water Area is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.

We have made some programming changes as a result of this situation.


The Leprechaun Loop is scheduled for this Saturday, March 14th. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to comply with the state request to limit large gatherings, we have determined that it would be best to transition the 2020 Leprechaun Loop into a ‘virtual run.’ An email has been sent to all runners that are registered for the event with more information.


Anyone 60 or older or of any age with a chronic medical condition including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes falls into an “at-risk” category for this disease. Out of an abundance of caution for our seniors, we believe it is best to suspend our programming specifically targeted at this audience for the next two weeks while we monitor the situation.

We do not take this decision lightly, but that is coming from a desire to keep our seniors safe and help facilitate the social distancing that the Centers for Disease Control is recommending. We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.


Programming at Y-Fort Gratiot has been suspended as part of the broader Lake Huron Medical Center suspension and/or cancellation of activities, support groups, events and external sponsored events until further notice at all of their locations including their North Campus.


Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. 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.

We can all do our part to prevent the spread of illness in our community. You can help us by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours, without the use of Tylenol or ibuprofen. For current purposes a fever is defined as a temperature of 100 degrees or more.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Limit physical contact like handshakes.

If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider if your symptoms worsen.


Our Y is regularly cleaned by our housekeeping staff and special care is taken to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. Additionally, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

The Y remains open to serve our community. Any facility closures will be made in accordance with guidelines from the St. Clair County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. You can download the Y’s mobile app to get up-to-date facility information. The Y will also provide updated information for members and the community on our website and social media.

At the Y, you can expect to see staff cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, phones, banisters, and handrails throughout the facility.

You will see posters around the facility reminding people of the 3 C’s – cover, clean and contain.

While no one can predict with certainty whether the Blue Water Area will be severely impacted by coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. We will keep everyone updated with information as it develops.

Additionally, we encourage you to regularly check the St. Clair County Health Department website for important updates and safety information. 

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