A message about COVID-19
March 13, 2020
In light of recent news events regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization, the city of Houston, Harris County and the federal government, which has imposed certain travel restrictions, the Endometriosis Foundation of Houston has decided to postpone the inaugural Endometriosis Awareness Rally scheduled for March 28 at Walking Stick Brewery Company.
On March 11, the WHO declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community is still relatively low, city and county officials have said that community spread is likely within the coming days if not already occurring. The amount of cases will rise when more testing is done. The city of Houston has also ceased all city-wide events, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Tour De Cure. Festivals, parades and other events where crowds are expected to gather are being canceled all across the country, the state and locally.
In an effort to help “flatten the curve” and protect our community, EFHou has decided out of an abundance of caution to postpone the rally and to reassess when would be a better time to host a rally of this size.
We are hopeful that we can reschedule but please rest assured that we have thoroughly weighed our options and received advice from our mentors when making this decision. We would never cancel an event if we did not believe it was necessary.
Information will be posted on our website once a new date has been confirmed.
EFHou is available if you have any questions. Please visit EFHou.org for more information and to read updates regarding this and other related matters.
Endometriosis Foundation of Houston
March 9, 2020
Dear endowarriors –
The Endometriosis Foundation of Houston is closely monitoring the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 situation. As you may already know, COVID-19 has made its way to Houston and surrounding counties, but there is no evidence of community spread, according to city and county officials.
At this time, the risk of exposure to the general public remains low, according to the Houston Health Department. About 80 percent of cases are mild and do not require hospitalization. Older adults and people with underlying chronic health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes may be at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. There is no evidence to suggest that those with endometriosis are more vulnerable to the virus.
At this time, Houstonians DO NOT need to limit travel within the city, nor do they need to avoid public gatherings and public transportation.
The Houston Endometriosis Rally 2020 is on schedule for March 28 at Walking Stick Brewery Company.
However, the spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and EFHou is taking every precaution necessary by following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the city and county health departments and the World Health Organization.
During the rally, EFHou will take steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, including adding hand sanitizer stations and increasing the availability of hand sanitizer at each station; cleaning and disinfecting commonly shared spaces, such as tables, chairs and electronics; directing staff and volunteers to stay home if they are feeling ill; and reminding everyone to practice good hygiene.
For more updates and information, visit the Houston Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center, Harris County’s readyharris.org and the Center for Disease Control website on Coronavirus.
Help stop the spread of the coronavirus by following these recommendations from the CDC:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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.