Covid 19 Updates

At the Lake Count YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader community have always been and will always be a top priority.


Making sure medical professionals and essential personnel in our community don’t have to worry that their children are in a safe place, as they care for a growing number of our loved ones in need of medical attention. Central Y in Painesville and East End Y in Madison are now licensed pandemic child care centers. Preregister today for licensed pandemic child care for critical care workers here:
Central YMCA - 933 Mentor Ave, Painesville
Preschool Child Care (30 spots)
School-Age Child Care (21 spots)
Registration: Site Director Sherry Kantz, [email protected], 440-352-3303
East End YMCA - 730 N Lake St, Madison
Preschool Child Care (10 spots)
School-Age Child Care (10 spots)
Registration: Site Director Lori Klem, [email protected], 440-428-5125


We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. In alignment with the governor’s executive order, we will be closing our facilities to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:00pm until further notice. Our child care and school day off care will remain open until we are no longer legally allowed to remain in operation.  We continue to encourage those who can stay home with their children to do so.We understand that closing our facility will affect many of our members. All memberships will be placed on hold effective immediately and will remain on hold until we are able to safely reopen our facilities. We understand this is a very concerning situation. The Lake County Y has been a pillar of the community for more than 154 years, throughout both good and challenging times. During this closure, you can expect regular updates from us via email. our website and our social media channels: Facebook (@LakeCountyY), Twitter (@LakeCountyY), and Instagram (@lakecountyymcaohio).

We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes.

We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to returning to business as usual as soon as possible.

We are committed to maintaining a healthy environment and supporting the health of our community. As of today, we remain open to serve you. Our leadership staff are adjusting our practices and making decisions based on the information available. As information changes, so will our practices and decisions. We appreciate your flexibility and grace.
Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness during flu season. While we would love to see you at the Y, we honor and respect each individual’s choice with regard to your health. If you are practicing social distancing, we support this decision to choose to stay home.
We strive to create opportunity so all can thrive in every season of life. We have a unique opportunity to come together as a community in support of all those impacted by coronavirus. Our thoughts are with those who are ill, those who are quarantined and those facing isolation.


We understand that you may have questions about the closure of our YMCA facilities:


We will reopen when it becomes apparent that it is safe to do so. The Y will monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reassess the situation in the weeks ahead.  We will update members when it has been determined that it is safe for our facilities to reopen.  


We were informed late last evening that a person testing positive for Covid-19 visited the Central Y on March 12 between 8:30am- 10:30am and March 13 between 9:30-11:30am. This information was delivered by the Lake County General Health District (LCGHD). We know from the LCGHD that the individual was enrolled only in two adult exercise classes on those dates. We are working cooperatively with the LCGHD to investigate further and will provide an update to this FAQ page as we know more information.

You are encouraged to contact the LCGHD directly at the following numbers if you would like more information:

  • COVID Call Line 440.350.2188
  • LCGHD Main Line 440.350.2543

Our child care and school day off care are closed. Central Y in Painesville and East End Y in Madison are now licensed pandemic child care centers starting on Thursday, March 26 . Click here for more information or to preregister:

We continue to encourage those who can stay home with their children to do so. It is anticipated that the governor will be closing down child care centers in the next few days. We would advise you to begin to identify alternative care options in case this happens.


We are exploring a lot of options to best support our members. Please stay connected with us on our website and our social media channels: Facebook (@LakeCountyY), Twitter (@LakeCountyY), and Instagram (@lakecountyymcaohio).


We all need to be aware of the potential spread of the virus and monitor ourselves and loved ones for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or a loved one develop these symptoms please stay home and speak to your healthcare provider. For more information go to the CDC information page on COVID-19 to learn what you need to know and what to do if you are sick.

Please help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home if you’re feeling sick, keeping kids home if they’re showing any symptoms of illness, and cleaning exercise equipment before and after every use. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Please also take these additional precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.