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COVID Protocols

COVID Protocols

Introduction  

The health, safety, and well-being of CCGH attendees are our top priority. We will be following all national, provincial and municipal guidance. Given the recent upward trend in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths in Ontario, we will encourage evidence-based approaches, anchored in the hierarchy of controls, to minimize risk where possible.  

By taking active steps to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19, you can help make sure our event remains accessible to everyone.  

We will be updating this page as information changes. Attendees are required to follow any restrictions in place at the time of the conference for the duration of the event.  

COVID-19 Protocols (Last updated: November 12, 2022) 

The conference will implement multiple layers of risk-reduction strategies to protect the health of all attendees and staff. 

Eliminating potential risks 

  • If you have tested positive (within ten days of the conference), are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate and do not attend the in-person event 
  • Attendees are asked to check for symptoms each day of the conference. Should you begin experiencing symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please isolate and contact us at ccgh@cagh-acsm.org
  • In-person registrants who cannot attend due to COVID-19 will be able to attend the conference virtually. 

Testing 

  • A limited number of rapid antigen tests will be available upon request at the registration desk. 
  • According to the CDC, at-home antigen tests may be less effective in detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, especially in the early stages of infection. Given the potential for false-negative results, please err on the side of caution: if you show any symptoms, even while testing negative, isolate yourself and do not attend the in-person event. 

Engineering controls 

  • Proper ventilation of indoor spaces can significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 
  • Aeroex, an Ontario-based company, has graciously lent us several medical-grade air filtration units, which you will see positioned in different areas of the conference. These systems are designed to filter large particles from the air using a MERV8/carbon primary filter and capture sub-micron particles using a second-stage HEPA filter.  

Masking 
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, masks remain one of the most effective individual public health measures we can use to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.  

  • Hotel staff will be masked throughout the event. 
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear good quality (KN95 or above) masks at all times during the conference, except when eating or drinking. 
  • A limited supply of KN95 masks will be available daily at the registration desk. 
  • Sanitization stations will be placed at the entrance to each conference room and the registration desk. 
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged, and the event setup will consider this where possible. 

We will continue to monitor any new developments closely and update this page. For any questions, please write us at ccgh@cagh-acms.org.