It's important that we take COVID-19 seriously, while at the same time remaining level-headed. We have important work to do over the next few months and we are committed to ensuring these vital tasks can be carried out in the most responsible manner possible. ” - Michael McCray, Whistleblower Summit Co-founder

ACORN 8 and the Whistleblower Summit are taking the COVID-19 health emergency seriously. Health officials have made it clear that the best response to the spread of COVID-19 is to follow some simple best practices about minimizing contact and exposure. We are currently working with MISC and the National Whistleblower Center to develop guidelines and best practices moving forward.

In light of rapidly unfolding events of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to update you on the 2020 Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival as we take the health and safety of our participants very seriously. As of today, ACORN 8 will continue to plan the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival for July 28 through August 1 in Washington, DC. We are closely monitoring, and following the recommendations from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, regulators and local public health departments. The safety of our participants is of utmost importance and is a priority for the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival. As changes occur, we will keep you aware of any changes to our plans. 

Planning and preparation for public events in DC has been underway for several weeks, including interagency coordination in partnership with DC Health and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19 or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility. To help prevent the spread of germs, you should: 

  • Stay home when feeling sick. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

We need everyone’s help to aggressively reduce the impact of COVID-19. According to the CDC, there are several preventive actions you can take, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who show signs of illness 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth without first washing your hands 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are unavailable please use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. 
  • To help stop the spread of germs, cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw away the tissue immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • If you feel sick, or become sick, please seek medical care immediately. 

Prevent Illness                  What to do if you feel sick 

Everyone needs to do their part by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended preventive actions to help prevent the virus from spreading. We will continue to provide information regarding our progress toward the 2020 event via email and/or the Whistleblower Summit website. 

Michael McCray, Managing Director 
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival 

Marcel Reid, Festival Director 
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival