Wisconsin Farm Bureau is aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, WFBF is issuing the following policy to members who are part of Farm Bureau events in the coming weeks.
We realize the COVID 19 situation may make it difficult for some members to travel (due to age, previous health conditions or a compromised immune system). Therefore, if you have committed to a trip through Farm Bureau in the month of March or April and feel it unsafe to travel, you are able to decline to participate. Since WFBF has already paid for (or is contractually obligated to pay for) most of the functions associated with these events, refunds will not be granted.
We would like to remind all members that while this is a situation that should not be taken lightly, the chances of a healthy adult contracting or facing life threating complications from COVID-19 are low and the CDC has not issued travel restrictions within the U.S. That being said, each member is encouraged to use their best judgement on participating in upcoming events that require travel.
The following precautions are the CDC’s recommended preventative measures for any communicable illness; these are not new and are steps we should be taking all the time:
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
To learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for travel at this time, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
We will monitor the situation and revise this policy if circumstances warrant.