COVID, ASF and Biosecurity

Your health and safety while attending our conference, and the health of your pigs, is important to us. As you prepare to join us at the Leman Conference in person in St. Paul, please consider the following:

COVID Guidelines:

We follow the recommendations of the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Minnesota Department of Health. The best defenses against contracting COVID-19 and spreading the virus to others are vaccination and masking. Currently the recommendations include: 

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID and have signs of COVID disease, or have a positive test, we respectfully request that you stay home.
  • COVID vaccines are strongly recommended.
  • The RiverCentre and the University of Minnesota request that all attendees wear facial coverings when inside the building.

For more information,

https://www.rivercentre.org/plan/covid-19-information-1

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/large-gatherings.html

There are also improved COVID-19 control and prevention protocols at the St. Paul RiverCentre such as:

  • Having additional space available to allow social distancing and improve air flow. 
  • Improved cleaning and sanitation of public areas and high touch point surfaces
  • Using NanoSeptic self-cleaning adhesive skins placed on high-touch door handles and elevator buttons.
  • Using  UV sterilization on escalator handrails
  • Having HVAC systems with MERV 13 air filters

For more information, visit: https://www.rivercentre.org/plan/covid-19-information-1

Transboundary Animal Diseases (TAD) Guidelines: 

To prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever (ASF), classical swine fever (CSF), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), pseudorabies virus (PRV) (Aujeszky’s Disease) and other TAD, we follow the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).  If you are travelling from a country with ASF, CSF, FMD, PRV or other TAD, the following are currently recommended:

  • Do not carry pigs or pork products.
  • Do not carry shoes, boots, clothing  or personal items that have been worn in the presence of pigs or items that have had contact with pig areas.
  • Do not visit farms unless strictly necessary.

In addition to the above, we recommend extreme caution if you are coming from an ASF positive region of the world and ask that you observe a 5-day downtime away from pigs or pig areas prior to coming to the conference.

For more information, visit: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/programmes/en/empres/ASF/situation_update.html