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An Update from the Chi Omega Executive Headquarters
In light of the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Chi Omega Executive Headquarters is adjusting to a temporary remote-work model for our employees beginning Monday, March 16th. This means the Executive Headquarters facility will be closed for day-to-day work operations, events, trainings, and tours.
Chi Omega’s leadership made this decision out of an abundance of caution to match the direction we are giving our chapters and members at this time – to keep our Sisters’ health and safety ever at heart. Our professional staff members are working with every chapter during this time. For our chapters that are still in school, we have encouraged them all to suspend most group activities or events for now. Rest assured that while the Executive Headquarters is closed, service to our members will not be interrupted. We also thank our volunteers for stepping forward to assist our chapters in dealing with these challenges.
We know many of you might have questions about the status of Chi Omega Convention in June, as well as our virtual Eleusinia in April. As of now, we are still planning for both of these events to take place. We will continue to monitor the outbreak and share updates as they become available.
You may still contact our main number 901.748.8600 and reach live reception between 8am – 5pm Central and all direct staff extensions have been forwarded. Should you have an after-hours Chi Omega-related emergency, the main phone number greeting will provide additional instructions. We will let you know when the Executive Headquarters reopens.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this unprecedented turn of events and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front lines working to contain this outbreak.
We encourage you to visit the CDC website for the latest information on the virus, and for updates on Chi Omega’s response to COVID-19, please check back here.
For 125 years, Chi Omega has purposefully weathered triumphs, trials and tribulations. We know that the strength of our Sisterhood will help us navigate the path ahead.
nation continues to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, Chi
Omega is navigating the necessary precautions with a focus on our members
“keeping her welfare ever at heart.” In that spirit, we share the
COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation, and universities are
taking measures to prevent the spread of illness and avoiding a potential
outbreak on campus. Chi Omega is doing the same. While the
postponement/cancellation of events or the closing of chapter facilities is a
last resort, our main priority is keeping our Sisters safe and healthy.
We encourage you to check back here often for updates as new
developments arise, and please feel free to reach out to the Executive
Headquarters with questions: 901.748.8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health officials and MJ Insurance, Chi Omega’s insurance company, recommend as a general best practice during this time that chapters consider suspending large chapter meetings/events.
Omega Executive Headquarters has asked that collegiate and alumnae chapter
leaders discuss upcoming chapter events (including the many upcoming
Eleusinias) to determine if they should remain planned as-is, be held
virtually, postponed, or cancelled. The Governing Council is offering leniency
on expectations of required events, such as Initiation and chapter meeting, should
chapter leaders feel most comfortable canceling or postponing them. Collegiate
chapters have been asked to let their Regional Director know if they plan to
modify these events.
The Executive Headquarters is working closely with local house corporations to determine the proper next steps if a campus is closed or transitioning to an online format. In most cases, our advice is to match the precautions taken by the university and follow the advice of the health officials on campus and in the community.
event there is a local outbreak or exposure, we recommend Chi Omega chapters
follow the same guidelines and quarantines as stated by the university,
particularly as it relates to group living.
CHI OMEGA CONVENTION
Currently, Convention 2020 is still scheduled to take place June 25-28 in Memphis, TN. We will continue to monitor this situation and should plans change, we will provide updates accordingly.
To do your
part in helping to prevent the spread of illness, the CDC recommends the
- Voluntary Home Isolation: Encourage Sisters to stay home when sick, including from Chi Omega activities. At the present time, respiratory disease symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand Hygiene: Wash 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. If your chapter has a facility, consider purchasing hand sanitizer stations to be placed throughout, and encourage Sisters and guests to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the facility. Additionally, use common sense when it comes to shaking hands or touching one another, particularly in group settings, such as chapter meeting.
- Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. For chapters with a facility, this may entail scheduling more frequent cleanings and stronger disinfectant cleaning solutions.
- Limit Travel to Affected Destinations: Encourage Sisters to check the CDC Travel Website prior to embarking on any spring break and advise they avoid any destinations affected. Should a Sister return home from traveling abroad in an affected country, follow the university’s lead in steps to reintroduce these individuals to the campus community.
For more information on prevention and treatment of the disease and the latest news regarding coronavirus, visit the CDC website below.