Please note that all pictures and images on this website advertising EMS Update 2022 show individuals unmasked. Images were either taken in 2019 and/or under very strict health and safety protocols.

Health and Safety Guidelines for EMS Update 2022 - as of January 11, 2022

Is it safe to attend EMS Update 2022?

EMS West is focused on providing a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors, and our team at EMS Update 2022. 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 2022. 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 2022?

As of January 11, 2022 - Yes. All attendees (students, faculty, exhibitors) will be required to wear a face covering while participating in EMS Update 2022 events (at conference registration, in each class room, in Grand Ball Room and in Exhibt Hall; this includes all walkways, hallways, aisles and stairs in the Convention Center of the resort). Anyone age 2 and above will be required to wear a face covering while riding Seven Springs internal bus transportation. Faculty will be asked to remove their mask during their presentation(s). Participants should follow Seven Springs guidance regarding face coverings elsewhere at the resort.
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

EMS West strongly encourages participants to arrive fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC at the time of the conference. A vaccination is not a requirement to attend. We will not be asking your status.

Personal Accountability

By attending EMS Update 2022 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?

EMS West will have masks at conference registration.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required to attend?

No, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19 to attend. If you have symptoms such as a fever or feelings of being sick, or you have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, you should not come to Seven Springs for the conference.

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

At this time, there are no pre-screening requirements.

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 2022. 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 23.

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 have reduced our number of sessions by less than 10 percent and have extended the time between classes to allow for cleaning of classrooms. We have also extended the time for the breakfast buffet and our lunches. We have increased the break times during which you can visit the exhibitors

Will you be limiting seating at sessions or adding spacing?

EMS Update and Seven Springs will review event seating guidance and recommendations for large groups and meetings from current CDC, county, state and federal guidelines. Participants are required to wear face coverings in each classroom session.

Are attendees/exhibitors expected to stand 6 feet apart?

Whenever possible, we encourage attendees to maintain a safe distance between each other.

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.