On March 17, Governor Steve Sisolak announced ordered all casinos in the state of Nevada to remain closed for 30 days to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
The Governor's order along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) information, and numerous travel restrictions issued by companies and medical institutions, SRPE leadership has made the difficult, but necessary and responsible, decision to cancel the SRPE 2020 Annual Educational Conference in Las Vegas.
We have given the situation deep consideration and want to provide all attendees with ample opportunity to manage air travel, hotel reservations and personal schedules. We also want to respect our attendees’ need to be on call back in their own communities and countries.
Preparing for the conference involves the time, talent and ideas of a great many of our volunteers, speakers, exhibitors and event partners. We’re incredibly grateful for this and deeply disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.
In closing, we want everyone to know that utmost in our decision is SRPE’s core purpose and mission: to advance the profession of mid-level radiology. This is true in the care we deliver, the voice we bring to important policy and public venues, the research we inspire, and the collaborations we value with industry and other healthcare providers. However, the rapidly changing circumstances and unknown nature of this virus are such that we must consider the safety and wellbeing of not just our meeting participants and staff, but their families, colleagues and patients. We would never knowingly do anything to harm the trust you place in us, and in turn, your patients place in you.
Jason Barrett RRA RT(R), SRPE President
on behalf of the SRPE Board of Directors and SRPE 2020 Annual Meeting Committee