Information about COVID-19 and Seattle AA Meetings

The following information contains information we’ve been made aware of regarding the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and how it is impacting meetings and events in the greater Seattle area. If you have a suggestion for this page, please let Lara or Lee know (lara@seattleaa.org, webmaster@seattleaa.org). Thank you.


Canceled and Suspended Meetings/Online and Zoom Information

We’re working to keep up with meetings that are temporarily closed or suspended in the normal meetings list. You’ll find these marked as “Temporary Closure.” Please let us know any updates or if you see any errors.

In addition, we’re working to add online information for each meeting in the notes field where online meetings (via Zoom or another platform) are available. If you need help setting up and understanding how to navigate zoom you can go  here

Information from Area 72

  • CDC Coronavirus Site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
  • Effective March 15, 2020: CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 2-50 people or more throughout the United States.
  • Events of any size should be canceled and ONLY be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to strict public health guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
  • King County Public Health compiled the CDC requirements and provided it to the faith community. I received the attached during a business meeting of a group I attend. Please review this with your group members.  It applies to all meetings <50 people in Washington State. Here is a power point presentation from the King County Public Health session held on Thursday October 22,2020 AA Covid19 Webinar (1)

PDF Resources

 


Washington State Guidelines

March 23 — Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, banning all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.

  • What’s Open? What’s Closed? This document specifically addresses the guidelines for AA and other 12-Step meeting gatherings-  COVID-19 Guidance for Recovery Support Groups
  • The current gathering limitation in King County is 5 and can be found on this page:

    Seattle AA members can also call our Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday – Friday) 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608, or submit a written inquiry or report online. This information can be found at the bottom of our COVID-19 page.


Information from GSO

https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/quick-updates-news-and-notes-about-the-2020-international-convention

An excerpt: “HEALTH AND SAFETY”

Q Could developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) affect theInternational Convention?
A. Please be assured that the health and safety of our attendees is a priority. We are closely monitoring relevant health advisories regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we are in contact with national and global health and government agencies. We will continue to assess the situation, and we will timely inform you if there are impacts to the 2020 International Convention.”

Here is the communication from GSO on coronavirus:

  1. GSO suggests contacting your national, state/provincial and local health authorities for appropriate information.
  2. Our collected experience suggests that talking about these issues before they arise can help a group be prepared to address them in a sensible and helpful manner and allow the group to continue keeping the focus on our common welfare and primary purpose.
  3. Some groups have discussed making changes to customs at their meetings. Some examples have included: avoiding shaking hands and handholding; making sure meeting hospitality tables are sanitary; or suspending food hospitality for the time being.
  4. Some groups have considered contingency plans in case the group is temporarily unable to meet in person. Plans have included: creating contact lists and keeping in touch by phone, email or social media; meeting by phone or online.
  5. A.A. Online Intergroup (www.aa-intergroup.org) may serve as an additional helpful resource.
  6. If a group isn’t holding its regular meetings, they may want to communicate this to local A.A. resources, such as the district, area, and intergroup or central office.

Managing Your Health

Follow these Department of Health suggestions as you treat addiction with the urgency it requires. Please contact your Administrator if you have any questions.

You have a cough and a fever: 

  • lf you have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should stay home away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better. You may have COVID-19 or you may have any number of other respiratory diseases circulating in our communities.
  • If you have NOT had a COVID-19 test, but you have had close contact with someone who has had a test and been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself at home for 7 days OR until 72 hours after your fever is gone and your symptoms get better, whichever is longer.
  • If you have had a test and actually been diagnosed with COVlD-19, you need to stay home away from people for 7 days or until 72 hours after your fever and symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.

You feel fine:

  • BUT you have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.
  • BUT your kid or someone else in your household has a cough and a fever, but has NOT been tested for COVID-19. The sick person needs to stay home until their fever and symptoms have been gone for 72 hours. You and the rest of the household can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. There are many potential respiratory diseases that can cause cough and a fever.
  • BUT a friend of a friend of yours has COVID-19. You can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. If you have not been around someone with COVID-19, the chances that it is COVID- 19 are fairly low.
  • BUT you are worried about your older or medically fragile friends and relatives. This is a time to practice social distancing. Refrain from shaking hands, high fives, and hugs, stand 6 feet or more away from other people. See if you can work from home. Wash your hands frequently.

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