The Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps has been keeping a close eye on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Keeping our members, staff, and volunteers safe is, and will continue to be our top priority. While we continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks, we do plan on continuing with March camp at this time.
We are closely monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department for continually updated information. We are also following the guidance and recommendations from Drum Corps International.
General Health Reminders
We strongly recommend that members, staff, and volunteers take recommended preventative actions to prevent exposure to COVID-19 and help reduce the spread of the disease. These recommendations include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then promptly throw away the tissue in the trash
- Stay home when you are sick (do not attend any Columbians activities)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- Facemasks should be uses by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others
- Wash your hands often (hand washing is the single most important method to prevent the spread of germs):
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, 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
Additional Health Reminders for the Marching Arts:
- Get plenty of rest on camp weekends
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces, instruments, equipment and props
- Avoid handshakes, fist pumps or hugs. Consider a head nod or elbow bump
- Sleeping arrangements need to accommodate a 6-foot distance between members
- Do not share water jugs or meals/utensils with other members
- Avoid use of traditional drinking fountains. Bottle fill up stations with auto fill sensors are acceptable to use
What the Columbians are doing to keep members, staff, and volunteers safe:
- In addition to having pump-type soap and water readily available at our rehearsal sites for hand-washing, the Columbians will provide several hand sanitizing stations through our sites to ensure members are able to wash their hands frequently. We will have additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the facilities.
- The Columbians will ensure there is water readily available from approved dispensers
- The Columbians will provide household cleaning wipes for members to regularly wipe down equipment
- The Columbians will ensure there is a 6-foot distance between members while in the sleeping quarters
- The Columbians will ensure best practices of keeping a safe distance during rehearsals
- The Columbians will immediately send any member, staff, or volunteer home or to a medical facility who become ill with respiratory symptoms
- The Columbians will have medically trained personnel on the premises during rehearsals and camps
The current healthcare situation around COVID-19 is quickly changing, and the Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps will continue to assess the situation as it evolves.