The ostomy community is understandably concerned about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect their daily lives, health, support networks, and access to ostomy supplies.
In this time of great uncertainty, UOAA recommends all individuals consult with their own primary care physicians and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for actual up to date information. We recognize that many people living with an ostomy or continent diversion are older people and those with chronic disease and are therefore at higher risk of developing serious illness. Please see CDC guidelines for people at risk.
UOAA is also hearing from many Affiliated Support Groups who have decided to cancel their upcoming meeting. Affiliated Support Groups are each independently run so we are asking members to contact their local leaders to see if their next meetings are taking place. If your meetings are not held in a local hospital or a facility that will let you know of their current policy following the outbreak community guidelines are also available from the CDC to assist leaders on deciding steps they should take.
UOAA reached out to the major ostomy manufacturers to see if the outbreak is currently impacting their production or supply chain. As of March 4, 2020 none of the manufacturers reported any issues in their operations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read our previous blog post for statements from individual manufacturers on this topic.
If you develop a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing always contact your healthcare provider. They will determine if you are a candidate for a COVID-19 test. Medicare and private insurance should cover a test to see if you have coronavirus if it is requested from a physician. For frequently asked questions and facts about this virus follow updates from the CDC on the latest COVID-19 guidelines.
UOAA will update you with any information that may affect our community.
Please share this blog link https://www.ostomy.org/coronavirus-effects-on-the-ostomy-community/ that contains all the information stated above with your members via your facebook page, website, newsletter or email.
After much deliberation and consideration of the circumstances that are impacting all of us due to the Coronavirus, coupled with employer restrictions, the April 5th OSGNV meeting has been cancelled.
Also, the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ostomy Conference has been postponed to September 11-13, 2020.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza, Classroom A, 1101 Sam Perry Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401
“Parastomal Hernia Discussion” Dr. Earnhardt, Mary Washington Hearthcare Surgeon
*** If the Fredericksburg School System closes due to inclement weather, the Fredericksburg Ostomy Connection Support group meeting will be cancelled***
2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ostomy Conference
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, September 11-13, 2020
Holiday Inn Washington Dulles International Airport, 45425 Holiday Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20166, Phone: 1-877-666-3243
If you want to stay at the hotel,the reservation link: Ostomy Conference
Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-802-3457
Educational Workshops…All day Saturday and Sunday morning – meeting spaces are 100% accessible
(Please make your workshop selections on the registration pages on the Conference Tab on the website and send it in with registration.)
- Friday Night Reception, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks
- Exhibition of Ostomy Products and Services
- Ostomy Clinic—Friday evening and all day Saturday. A sign-up sheet will be at the registration desk.
- Breakfast-Saturday & Sunday morning breakfast and breaks
- Saturday Night Plated Dinner (extra $50.00 Fee)
- Massages(extra fee)—All day Saturday and Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet will be at the registration desk.
The Registration Form and Workshop Selections here on the website, under the Conference Tab can be completed on your computer and saved to your files. If two people are registered on the same form, you can check multiple boxes under “Category” and multiple workshops. Registration Form(s): to send the (mail) the Registration Form and your workshop selections with your check or money order made payable to OSGNV, LLC, and mail to: OSGNV, LLC., P.O. Box 1102, McLean, VA 22101-9998.
You may also make registration payments here on our website www.osgnv.org by selecting “the PayPal Button” at the bottom of this page and also with the registration form under the Conference Tab here on the website.
Rates for the Conference are:
OSGNV Member Registration– $45 per person
Non-OSGNV member Registration– $50 per person
Plated Dinner/Banquet– $50 per person
If you want to stay at the hotel, your guest room reservation link: “Ostomy Conference”
Hotel Reservations: 1-877-666-3243
Questions should be directed to email@example.com or call 703-802-3457.