Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

How is Mindfulness Northwest responding to Coronavirus?

UPDATE 7/16/20 and 9/23/20

  • All MNW Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 events will be held Live Online with the hopes of offering in-person events again as soon as the threat of the Corona virus subsides. A full catalog of mindfulness and compassion training courses is now available live online. See our schedule. And note that some of our classes offer continuing education credits for healthcare professionals.

UPDATE 3/24/20

UPDATE 3/17/20

  • We are in the process of rearranging our entire Spring schedule to offer a full set of mindfulness classes live on-line with the Zoom video platform. Look for a full announcement and registration available on Thursday 3/19. Note that several of our online classes also grant Continuing Education credits for psychologists, nurses, and mental health therapists in several disciplines.

UPDATE 3/11/20, afternoon

  • We are sad to cancel our Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat scheduled for March 27-30 at Samish Island Camp and Retreat Center. Cancellation is in alignment with recommendations from the Skagit County Health Department. Those registered will be receiving notices and refunds soon.
  • We are moving many of our courses online. For a current list, see here.

UPDATE 3/11/20, morning

UPDATE 3/10/20

  • We are now moving all remaining King County programs that are scheduled in March online. This includes two free evenings of mindfulness, a day of mindfulness, and our 4-week Mindful Hearts for Couples class.

  • We will soon start deciding which of our Spring classes (which start in April) to move online if and as appropriate to Health Department recommendations.

  • Multi-day retreats cannot be done online. For now we are keeping our Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat (Skagit County) and other Spring multi-day retreats on the calendar as live in-person events. To empower your right to health choices we have modified our cancellation policies. If you need to cancel your retreat attendance due to concerns about Coronavirus just notify us at least 24 hours before the retreat begins and we will issue a full refund.

  • We have added a second live online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class this Spring: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Online - Tuesday Early Evening which runs from March 31st to May 27th.

UPDATE: 3/5/20

  • To participants in all classes in King County:  We are following the recommendation released on Wednesday by King County Public Health and moving our remaining sessions online with the Zoom video platform. Details will be sent by email today.

  • For now, classes outside of King County will remain live in person, i.e.Tacoma, Everett, and Bellingham

GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT

Mindfulness Northwest joins you in being deeply concerned about the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. Risk and benefit are difficult to assess and we encourage everyone to make the most informed decisions possible from a grounded place. For now our classes are continuing as scheduled and we encourage each person to make the wisest choice for them. If you are a in lower risk group we generally recommend continuing to receive the value of human connection and mindfulness training by attending class. 

According to the CDC, the virus is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes when people are in close proximity.

There is a lower risk of the virus spreading via the surfaces of objects. The CDC reports, “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

Mindfulness Northwest is implementing protocols to protect classroom health and safety. We are also working closely with the venues we hold classes at. Please note that we are assured by our venues that they are also attending to this matter actively.

The most important policy is to urge everyone, including our staff, to stay home if they are showing possible Coronavirus symptoms. Specific symptoms that say “don’t come to class today,” according to the CDC are:

  •    Fever
  •    Cough
  •    Shortness of Breath

As a precaution against surface transmission, we ask teachers and participants to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer:

  •    as they arrive for class
  •   extra thoroughly after using the bathroom
  •   before they leave

And we are making hand sanitizer available at all classes.

  • This gives teachers and participants the option to respond to a sneeze by using hand sanitizer if it's not feasible to go to the bathroom to wash hands (we will ensure our sanitizer is effective, containing at least 60% alcohol)

Finally, we also remind participants about the danger of touching the face. Viruses picked up from surfaces can enter the body through mucous membranes at the eyes, nose, and mouth.

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We recommend going straight to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for reliable information about the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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