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ACI Alliance: CI2020 & COVID-19 Update – March 4, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Houk
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Dear ACI Alliance Members, Attendees and Sponsors,

We are in the midst of an expanding global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).  As of March 4, 2020, we, as organizers, continue to move forward with convening the CI2020 International Conference on March 18-21, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. We want to assure attendees that your safety and security are our top priority. ACI Alliance leaders will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the United States to address the safety of our attendees.

At this time, no Federal restrictions are in place restricting meetings and travel within the United States. We are consulting the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Orange County and the Florida Department of Health and will continue to evaluate any risk in the Orlando area.

We commit to communicating regularly on any further developments. Please check the CI2020 COVID-19 webpage for updates.

Registration

The great majority of registrants and presenters plan to attend CI2020 in Orlando and are looking forward to a wonderful program. At this time, ACI Alliance is accommodating cancellations from attendees traveling from countries designated as a Level 3 or 4 Alert location by the CDC. Updates and impacted countries can be found on the CDC's Travel Health Notices page.

If you have questions or concerns about your travel or registration, please contact registration@facs.org.

What ACI Alliance is Doing to Protect Attendees

ACI Alliance and our meeting planners are working closely with the Hyatt Regency Orlando to ensure that the safety of guests is planned for at the meeting. Working collaboratively with the hotel, we are reviewing and will implement procedures recommended by the CDC.  We are reviewing all aspects of hotel operations affecting CI2020 attendees and implementing precautionary measures including:

·       Extra hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the venue

·       Microphones, podiums, and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently with EPA approved products for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

·       Food service at meals, breaks, and receptions will be designed to minimize self-service items

·       The well-being of guests will be monitored during check-in and throughout the hotel

·       Hyatt staff have been educated on these and other personal prevention measures

Personal Preventive Measures

Attendees are encouraged to review and follow standard infection control recommendations and everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections. Preventative measures are available on the CDC website. Attendees should not travel to CI2020 if they are feeling unwell. 

We look forward to welcoming attendees to CI2020 in Orlando and to an outstanding scientific program. Many thanks to the UNC Scientific Program Committee and our speakers, moderators, and poster presenters for their participation.

Please direct any questions to acia@facs.org and consult the website for future updates.  

Sincerely,

American Cochlear Implant Alliance


The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.