Coronavirus Update

Update 3/13/2020

Together with the Board of Directors, AACE continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19.

In anticipation of questions related to travel, our staff remain in close communication with contacts at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. They have provided numerous resources and we have posted links to this section on the EMBRAACE website. This page and links the WHO, CDC, and DC Department of Health and are refreshed often.

On March 11, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center announced it will be closed until March 31. This was a voluntary closing due to some event cancellations in March. The building elected to close in order to perform a deep cleaning of the convention center.

Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick. The AACE Team, in collaboration with the DC Department of Health and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, has dedicated resources to provide quick responses to inquiries related to COVID-19.

Attendees and exhibitors with questions or concerns are encouraged to use the contact information below:

Please note AACE will continue provide frequent updates to this section of the EMBRAACE website.


Update 3/9/2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) are top-of-mind for our members, associates, and partners who plan to attend the conference. AACE is closely monitoring the issue and will provide timely updates as available. As a physician organization, we want to emphasize the value and importance of everyday prevention practices during travel as recommended by the CDC.

Please note, the CDC does not recommend that travelers wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. You may choose to wear a mask, but it is more important that you follow these everyday prevention practices.

AACE is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all who attend EMBRAACE and wishes to assure you of the following:

  • The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC has:
    • Increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces, such as escalator and stair handrails and elevator buttons; doubling the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Convention Center (complimentary hand sanitation is provided for all onsite show management offices).
    • Conspicuously placed “Cover Your Cough” signage throughout the facility and in all restrooms; “Cover Your Cough” graphics display on the Convention Center’s building-wide digital signage system.
    • Increased frequency of HVAC system filter changing and testing of HVAC water treatment monitoring to prevent the transmission of airborne diseases.
    • In addition, the convention center maintains a web page to advise visitors of its efforts.
  • AACE is in contact with our contracted hotels about their protocols and disinfection procedures.
  • AACE has had no major exhibit cancellations.
  • Unfortunately, delegations from China, Hong Kong and the Philippines are unable to attend and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick. The AACE Team, in collaboration with the DC Department of Health and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, has dedicated resources to provide quick responses to inquiries related to COVID-19.

Attendees and exhibitors with questions or concerns are encouraged to use the contact information below:

Please note AACE will continue provide frequent updates to this section of the EMBRAACE website.


Update 2/27/2020

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has shared information related to the coronavirus.  For further information, we encourage you to visit the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and the DC Department of Health.  AACE  continues to monitor the situation and will post updates on this page as needed.