Health and Safety Policy for 2022 Annual Meeting

To ensure a safe and successful experience for everyone attending and supporting the 2022 AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando Fla., AABB has implemented the following Health and Safety policy, which will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Here are the latest updates on safety protocols and measures being applied to this year's Meeting:

  • All attendees are asked to provide proof of full vaccination, according to current CDC guidelines, or provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to obtain their meeting badge.
  • For attendees who do not wish to provide proof of vaccination, we will require a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours before arrival in Orlando. Digital or printed results of either a rapid test or PCR test administered at any COVID-19 testing location or self-administered prior to your arrival at the Annual Meeting will be accepted. Attendees will be responsible for the cost of the test.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test via our vendor app, 42Chat, prior to the Meeting or onsite in Orlando. Specific details will be shared with all registrants in the coming weeks.
  • For any attendees who test positive prior to, or when arriving onsite, their registration will be converted to the Virtual Annual Meeting and their registration difference will be refunded. Additional information on resources for attendees who test positive while onsite will be forthcoming.
  • AABB strongly encourages attendees to wear masks when possible. Disposable masks will be available in limited quantities at registration and at AABB Central during the Meeting. We recommend bringing your own disposable or reusable masks.
  • AABB is continuing to monitor applicable laws, guidelines, and best practices and will make any changes needed to help ensure the health and safety of attendees and others associated with managing a successful Meeting.

EVIDENCE-BASED PREVENTION AT THE ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER

AABB is fortunate to be able to partner with our venue, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), in our efforts to keep attendees healthy and safe. The OCCC has gone above and beyond to protect its guests, and is one of the first convention centers to receive GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation based on its implementation of rigorous and evidence-based prevention practices. These include:

  • Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines: Developed in consultation with Orange County’s Health Department, these data-driven guidelines provide a framework to prevent risk and protect clients, guests and attendees.
  • Medical Concierge Program with Orlando Health and Visit Orlando: The first of its kind in the country, providing personalized medical services and resources
  • 24-Hour HVAC Usage: HVAC systems run 24-hours a day during conferences to decrease the bio burden of infectious particles in occupied spaces. The OCCC uses MERV 13 filters as recommended by ASHRAE to mitigate the transmission of infectious aerosols.

KEY RESOURCES:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Orlando COVID-19 Response
Florida COVID-19 Response

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as needed.

Updated Tuesday, August 2, 2022