COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Updated Sept 24, 2021

GENERAL COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL

For the health and safety of those attending the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo in Baltimore, ASRM is implementing safety protocols, including proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees, staff, and third-party workers at the meeting

In-person participants will be required to show onsite proof of vaccination using Health Pass on the free CLEAR mobile app, proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to the event,  or a physical copy of your vaccination card.. Therefore, each attendee, including spouses and guests, must pick up their own badge.

Regarding mask requirements, all Congress attendees will be required to follow any local regulations in effect at the time of the meeting. ASRM anticipates mandatory masking will be required while inside the Baltimore Convention Center.

Attendees should also:

  • Socially distance when possible;
  • Stay home if sick or exposed to COVID-19; and
  • Consult with a healthcare provider about attending if you have underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system.

Those unable to attend in person may access the program by registering for the On-Demand Congress. Learn more here.

ASRM will continue to closely monitor news and guidance on the COVID-19 virus and increase health and safety precautions if deemed necessary.

PRESIDENT’S GALA COVID-19 PROTOCOL

The ASRM President’s Gala on Sunday, October 17th will follow the same COVID-19 safety protocol as the ASRM Congress. Gala attendees who have not picked up an ASRM 2021 Congress badge at registration will be required to present a green Health Pass on the CLEAR mobile app to gain entry to the Gala. Individuals not using the Clear Health Pass app may present a copy of their vaccine card.

Gala attendees with an ASRM 2021 Congress badge have already demonstrated a green Health pass and should present their badge at Gala check-in.

SHOWING ONSITE PROOF OF VACCINATION VIA THE HEALTH PASS BY CLEAR APP

  1. Download the free CLEAR app by clicking this link or scanning the above QR code. Enter your telephone number to receive a text with a link to the app.*
  2. Enroll in CLEAR. (If you are already enrolled, make sure you are signed in and skip to the next step.)
    • Tap “Enroll or verify in CLEAR” and enter your email address.
    • Enter your mobile number, and then enter the code sent to you via text on the next screen.
    • Tap the “Next” button to begin 2-step enrollment.
    • Follow the prompts to scan your ID.
    • Follow the prompts to secure facial recognition.
    • Fill in your personal information for your Health Pass.
    • Create a password.
  3. Tap “Add COVID-19 vaccination.”
  4. Choose a healthcare provider, scan a SMART QR code, or tap “Scan your vaccination card.”
  5. Follow the prompts to scan your vaccine card and enter required information. A green Health Pass means you’re good to go!
  6. Show your green health pass at the designated area when you check in for the ASRM 2021 Scientific Congress & Expo.

*Note that the “CLEAR – Fast, Touchless Access” app may be directly downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play Store without the link, but additional steps are required to link to the event. The required event code is ASRM21.

SHOWING PROOF OF A NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST VIA THE HEALTH PASS BY CLEAR APP

To digitally link your negative PCR COVID-19 negative test results with Health Pass by CLEAR:

  1. Download the free CLEAR app by clicking this link or scanning the above QR code. Enter your telephone number to receive a text with a link to the app.*
  2. Enroll in CLEAR. (If you are already enrolled, make sure you are signed in and skip to the next step.)
    • Tap “Enroll or verify in CLEAR” and enter your email address.
    • Enter your mobile number, and then enter the code sent to you via text on the next screen.
    • Tap the “Next” button to begin 2-step enrollment.
    • Follow the prompts to scan your ID.
    • Follow the prompts to secure facial recognition.
    • Fill in your personal information for your Health Pass.
    • Create a password.
  3. Select “Get tested 72 hours prior to entry.”
  4. Select your testing provider in the menu or by searching ‘other providers’ and log in to your patient portal and follow instructions to securely link your account with CLEAR. The CLEAR app is integrated with select healthcare providers and pharmacies. If you are unable to find your provider or unable to link a test, please be prepared to bring a physical copy of your test results and your ID to the event entrance.
  5. Follow the prompts to connect your negative COVID-19 test results to your Health Pass.
  6. Show your green health pass at the designated area when you check in for the ASRM 2021 Scientific Congress & Expo.

*Note that the “CLEAR – Fast, Touchless Access” app may be directly downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play Store without the link, but additional steps are required to link to the event. The required event code is ASRM21LAB.

SHOWING PROOF OF VACCINATION OR A NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES

If you’re traveling to the Congress from outside the U.S., you will not be able to use the CLEAR app. Therefore, please be prepared to show a physical copy of your vaccine card, proof of vaccination by way of an app your home country uses, or proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival date in order to obtain your attendee badge at registration.

FACILITY COVID-19 PROTOCOL

The Baltimore Convention Center is a GBAC STAR accredited facility, which is the gold standard of prepared facilities. Sanitation measures include a highly trained custodial staff, frequently sanitized high touch points such as doorknobs and escalator rails, and multiple hand sanitation stations throughout the facility. Click here to read more about the BCC’s sanitation COVID-19 safety measures.

LOCAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

If you need to seek health treatment while in Baltimore or obtain a rapid PCR test, the following providers are convenient to the Baltimore Convention Center:

Urgent Care Clinics Near the BCC

Univ. of Maryland Urgent Care
105 Penn Street
410-328-1660

Univ. of Maryland Immediate Care
408 W. Lombard Street.
667-214-1899

Concerta Urgent Care
100 S. Charles St.
410-752-3010

Same-day PCR Testing in Baltimore

Drip Hydration
Rapid PCR Testing
60 Minute Turnaround
410-834-4690

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