Update on COVID-19, as of March 18, 2020
Please visit our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Page for the latest resources and information developed by hospitalists and by other organizations. SHM is actively monitoring the evolving outbreak of COVID-19.
Many HM20 participants impacted by travel bans have inquired as to the status of SHM’s annual conference. Please know the safety and well-being of our attendees, staff and community continue to be at the forefront of SHM’s priorities. At this time, we are exploring all available options for a contingency plan for the meeting, including virtual presentations or cancelling the meeting—including the waiving of cancellation fees. We will continue to engage with our stakeholders and monitor new developments in this fluid situation so that we can make the best possible decision for everyone. We plan to announce a decision in the next few days to a week.
SHM is tracking all travel restrictions issued by the U.S. Government as well as information and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The travel restrictions signed by the U.S. Government on January 31, 2020 remain in effect. Attendees should closely monitor all travel alerts issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Attendees are encouraged to monitor the CDC website for additional information on COVID-19; they should also review and follow the WHO’s travel advice as well as its recommendations for protecting themselves from an infection.
- All attendees should check themselves for symptoms before starting travel.
Protective / Preventative Measures in San Diego and California
- While San Diego public health officials declared health and local emergencies on February 14, these declarations do not indicate that conditions have changed in the city. The declarations were made solely to facilitate requests for funding for local quarantine operations connected to the novel coronavirus. Currently, there are only two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in San Diego County, and both patients are in isolation at UC San Diego Health facilities.
- San Diego Airport (SAN) is complying with the travel restrictions implemented by the U.S. Government.
- The State of California declared a state of emergency on March 4, this builds on work already underway across state government to protect public health and safety.
Protective / Preventative Measures at HM20 (San Diego Convention Center)
- As always, trained medical personnel will be available in the Convention Center during HM20.
- The San Diego Convention Center is increasing the number of hand sanitation stations in the Center and in surrounding hotels, providing alcohol-based sanitizer for all attendees.
- The San Diego Convention Center has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting procedures for all common areas in the Center, following the recommendations of the CDC and WHO.
- Click here for a detailed summary of protective and preventive measures taken at the San Diego Convention Center.
SHM takes the health and safety of its conference attendees seriously and will take all necessary steps to create a safe environment for everyone attending HM20. As the situation develops, we will communicate updates as needed.