PENNSIC 49 – COVID 19 UPDATE

24th April 2020

 

G’Day Everyone,

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.

When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.

 

This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Aethelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.

 

As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.

 

It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.

If you desire a refund, please go to www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.

 

Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.

 

Yours,

 

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Mayor
Pennsic 49

First Aid Point

 

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First Aid Point, located next to The Watch tent at the corner of Brewers' Road and St. Lawrence Way, is open 24 hours a day.

If you need in-camp emergency response, dial 911 and notify the dispatch that you are at Cooper's Lake Campground in Worth Township. Provide the campsite name, block, and the nearest Pennsic road intersection. Have someone waiting at that intersection to direct emergency personnel.

Services Available

  • All services provided by ANY agency at First Aid Point are provided free of charge.
  • First Aid Point is staffed by NorthWest EMS personnel, who are on-site 24 hours a day for the duration of the Pennsic War. Doctors from Allegheny General Hospital are generally on-site from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Medical providers are able to provide treatment of both minor and more serious illnesses and injuries.
  • If it is determined that the condition is life-threatening, or that it is in the patient's best interest to be seen in an emergency room, then the patient may be taken by ambulance to the most appropriate facility.
  • Patients with less urgent injuries or chronic illnesses will be evaluated and given the option as to appropriate care.

Over-the-counter medications, sunscreen, and medical supplies are not available at First Aid Point. Some of these items can be purchased at the Cooper's Lake Camp Store.

Self Service Items

  • Hand washing stations
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Ice packs
  • Triple-filtered drinking water
  • Misting tent

Treatment of Minors

Life-threatening injuries and illnesses will always be treated. However, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not allow for medical personnel to treat minors for minor illnesses or injuries unless a parent or legal/notarized guardian is present. In any event, if you are in doubt, medical staff will evaluate the patient and will assist in making that determination.


For Those With Existing Medical Conditions

If you have a medical condition about which EMS personnel should be aware, we strongly recommend that you wear a commercially available Medical Notification/Alert bracelet or necklace at all times. Additionally, you should always carry any prescribed emergency medications with you. Carefully plan your medication needs prior to arriving to Pennsic. Prescriptions that are written out-of-state may not be able to be filled in Pennsylvania, and on-site doctors are not generally able to write prescriptions for existing medical conditions.

Note: The Pennsic War cannot provide refrigeration service for individuals needing storage of medications. If you must bring sensitive medicines that need refrigeration please take that into consideration when making your Pennsic plans.


Suggestions for a Safe and Healthy Pennsic

  1. Hydrate often with non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic liquids.
  2. Apply sunscreen often.
  3. Carry emergency medications with you and wear a medical alerg tag.
  4. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! This includes food preparation. Wash your hands frequently.
  5. Keep lids closed on toilets to discourage disease-carrying flies. This also reduces odors, as the Porta-potties are designed to vent through an exhaust vent that runs to the roof.
  6. Above all else, bring your common sense to Pennsic!

Have a good and safe War!

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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