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ASA Northwest keeping close tabs on Coronavirus as annual training event date nears

According to the Washington State Department of Health, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low

Lakewood, Wash.—As the Coronavirus continues to lead news headlines, ASA Northwest leadership is closely monitoring the situation as its annual Automotive Training Expo 2020 (ATE) is scheduled for March 27-28, at the DoubleTree Hotel, Seatac, Wash. The event is expected to sell out.

“We know you may be concerned about the Coronavirus and we share your concerns,” said Jeff Lovell, AMAM president/executive director of ASA Northwest, in a news release sent to registered attendees, vendors and speakers on Wednesday, March 4. “We are tracking the situation closely, and we will follow all recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health to keep you safe. According to the Washington State Department of Health, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”

He added that there are currently no recommendations to cancel public gatherings, so ATE 2020 will occur as scheduled. “We are taking precautions to keep you all safe, and we will provide all attendees with hand sanitizer stations throughout the event.”

ASA Northwest reminded everyone to take everyday preventative actions to prevent the spread of the virus:

• Avoid close contact with sick people
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible
• Stay home if you are sick
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol

Lovell reported that the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport has established protocols in place for responding to viral outbreaks and similar incidents. If enhanced cleaning or other operational actions are required, they put those into action as per protocol. Given the evolving nature of the Coronavirus, the Hilton has implemented specific Coronavirus Awareness Training for all managed hotels globally.

Among other steps, the hotel has installed hand sanitizer stations in public areas throughout the hotel.

Additionally, the housekeeping staff is performing enhanced cleaning of all frequently touched areas in the hotel. If other operational actions are required on property, the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport will take the advice of medical professionals and public health authorities and put those into action.

“Our ASA Northwest team is committed to your safety and look forward to seeing you at ATE 2020,” Lovell said.

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