FAQs
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Health and Safety Guidelines for EMS Update 2023 - as of September 1, 2022

Is it safe to attend EMS Update 2023?

EMS West is focused on providing a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors, and our team at EMS Update 2023. EMS West is working closely with our partners at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, our local EMS physicians, and our EMS West Board of Directors to develop and implement a comprehensive plan focused on a safe and successful EMS Update 2023. EMS West is also following the latest guidance and recommendations for large groups and meetings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Will EMS West require attendees and exhibitors to wear face coverings during EMS Update 2023?

We continue to follow best practices.
Face coverings can be removed when actively eating food and beverage in a stationary position and maintaining appropriate distancing.


Hand Washing/Hand Sanitizing?

Frequent hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds is encouraged to help combat the spread of germs. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the facilities including restrooms, food and beverage areas, meeting rooms, registration areas, and the trade show floor. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the resort.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

We continue to follow best practices.


Personal Accountability

By attending EMS Update 2023 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, you agree to abide by and engage in the health and safety guidelines outlined. Anyone with symptoms such as fever or feelings of being sick should not attend, including anyone who has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Please contact jponko@emswest.org for refunds.


Will you be providing masks?

We continue to follow best practices.


Is a negative COVID-19 test required to attend?

We continue to follow best practices..


Will you be taking temperature or using other pre-screening methods to determine the health of attendees before they enter Seven Springs?

We continue to follow best practices.


If I am unable to attend due to being sick or exposed to someone with COVID19, will my registration fee be refunded?

It is our goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at EMS Update 2023. Any attendee who is not able to attend due to illness will have their registration fees refunded, if notification is made to EMS West by 9am March 22.


Will there be medical assistance available if I become sick on site?

We will have an on-site first aid team to assist anyone who is unwell, including anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.


What are the closest medical facilities to Seven Springs Mountain Resort?

There are three hospitals each less than 20 miles from the resort. Contact information:
Excela Health Frick 508 S Church St Mt Pleasant, PA 15666 724/547-1500

UPMC Somerset 225 S Center Ave Somerset, PA 15501 814/443-5000

Highlands Hospital 401 E Murphy Ave Connellsville, PA 15425 724/628-1500

What other changes have you made?

We continue to follow best practices.


Will you be limiting seating at sessions or adding spacing?

We continue to follow best practices.


Are attendees/exhibitors expected to stand 6 feet apart?

We continue to follow best practices.


What are the cleaning procedures at the resort

Resort staff have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and commonly touched objects such as hand railings and door handles. Housekeeping Team Members will continue to clean using high-grade disinfectants and disposable hand wipes. The resort has created the Clean Team to disinfect all common areas.


What is the refund policy for hotel rooms at Seven Springs?

Seven Springs' policy on hotel room cancellations is full refund if the reservation is canceled 7 days prior to arrival date.