Updated March 7, 2020
To our AOAC Midyear Meeting attendees,
We share the concern about the novel coronavirus situation, and I am aware of the questions you may have about attending the Midyear Meeting.
While experts are reminding us to be prudent and practice public health recommendations that are similar to the prevention of the seasonal flu, we understand that many of you must follow organizational directives and consider your own risk management regarding travel and participation in meetings.
We have decided that the important analytical science work planned for next week should continue, and we are not cancelling the AOAC Midyear Meeting. We have done our best to maintain a strong program and will also do our best to move forward with a safe and enjoyable meeting.
On March 6, we learned that three individuals in Maryland, who had recently returned from a cruise, tested positive for the coronavirus. All are currently self-quarantined and news reports indicate their symptoms are abating. We are monitoring the latest updates from the Maryland Department of Health which report no additional individuals have tested positive.
In a statement, Maryland Governor Hogan acknowledged the news but reiterated that the state has been “actively and aggressively” preparing, and that Marylanders should go to work and school as usual.
As we assess the evolving scientific and medical information from public health authorities, the health and wellbeing of our attendees is our primary concern. Thank you for your patience and participation as we all navigate this public health situation.