Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

CDC Handwashing

We are committed to safeguarding the health of our members and staff. As we monitor the news of COVID-19, we want to keep you informed about what the Y is doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community and how you can help. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.


We can all do our part to prevent the spread of illness in our community. You can help us by staying home if you’re feeling sick, keeping kids home if they’re showing any symptoms of illness, and cleaning exercise equipment before and after every use. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.


At the Y, you can expect to see our staff cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, phones, banisters, and handrails throughout the facility.  

The Y remains open to serve our community. Any facility closures will be made in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and the Onondaga County Health Department. You can download the Y’s mobile app to get up-to-date facility information.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash your 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

Learn more about COVID-19