Update on iLRN 2020 in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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Dear iLRN 2020 attendee,

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) and the iLRN 2020 Organizing Committee are closely monitoring the advice of the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, and the Riverside County Public Health Department. Based on our current understanding of the situation, we believe our iLRN 2020 June 21 – 25 conference in San Luis Obispo will take place as planned, and we are preparing accordingly. The safety of our participants and extended global community is of the utmost importance, and we encourage participants to take necessary precautions.

We will share related iLRN 2020 updates with the community as needed.


  1. Does the recent State of Emergency in CA impact the conference?

    • iLRN is closely monitoring the situation through updates from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, along with a direct dialogue with California Polytechnic State University officials. As a result of this dialogue and the recommendation of the CA Department of Public Health, we are currently proceeding with iLRN 2020. 
    • As of March 9, The California Department of Public Health confirms that the health risk to the general public in California remains low with the following language: “The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time. However, this is a quickly evolving situation. Just as with other infectious diseases, not all parts of our state are affected equally at the same time. State and county public health officials are continuously assessing the situation and will alert the community as the situation changes.”
  2. What are the Current Preparedness Plans?

    • We are in ongoing contact with the local public health authority, County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department. Preparedness plans and updates are ongoing. The safety and well-being of our iLRN 2020 attendees is the top priority. Currently, we are taking the following actions on site: 
      • The California Polytechnic State University (“Cal Poly”) has increased precautionary measures including the following:
        1. Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly-touched objects such as door handles and desk surfaces
        2. An increased number of hand sanitizer stations
        3. Reminder signage in all restrooms sharing instructions to Wash Hands Frequently and making every effort to keeping supplies refreshed.
  3. How Will Preparedness Plans Impact iLRN 2020 Attendees?

    • Coronavirus prevention resembles that of the flu – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Clean your hands often.
  4. Where Can I Find Updates?
    • We are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily and will share iLRN 2020 updates here on a regular basis. With the situation evolving rapidly, we urge our exhibitors and attendees to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) and local /state public health authorities regarding the virus.
  5. Where can I learn more about coronavirus?  
    • See the CDC website and World Health Organization for information about symptoms, transmission, and recent cases.  
    • For California-specific updates, see the CDPH website.  
    • For an informative guide for communicating with travelers, see U.S. Travel.  
    • For resources regarding the Palm Springs Convention Center, download the PSCC resource here. 


Kind Regards,

The Immersive Learning Research Network