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July 8th, 2020

Bemidji Town & Country Club Members,

We wanted to share with you that we have received news that one of our grounds staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual did not have symptoms while working, and following the positive test, the person has remained at home with mild symptoms under self-isolation.

The course staff is doing a full cleaning of the areas where the employee worked. Golf course staff and State health agencies are conducting contact tracing with anyone who may have had exposure to the employee in an attempt to prevent the future spread. Based on initial contact and exposure tracing, we believe the risk of transmission to any members, guests, and staff is minimal. The staff member was isolated from members/golfers for the duration of their most recent shifts and had minimal contacts with coworkers. Additionally, all employees who may have come in contact with the individual have voluntarily submitted to testing and are self-quarantining until test results are received. We promise to continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves with our staff.

After hearing this news, you may be concerned about your own health and that of your family. These are normal and understandable reactions. Please understand that your safety and well-being are our top priority at BTCC. While the nature of this illness makes it difficult to predict, we anticipate that there could be more cases and challenges ahead this summer. With this in mind, we are confident that by continuing to implement and maintain preventative measures on the golf course to minimize person-to-person contacts, encourage social distancing, and providing hygienic conditions, we can get through this together safely. This, however, will require a concerted effort by both the staff and our golfers/members to do their part.

With that said, and this cannot be stressed enough, if you have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, please refrain from visiting the golf course. Instead, immediately contact your local health care provider and obtain professional guidance on how you might best plan your safe return to the golf course.

Stay healthy and thank you for doing your part to maintain a safe golfing experience for all.

-Rick Grand, PGA
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