March 15th update
Latest Information & Policies on COVID-19
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in the Catalina Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 from the Arizona Department of Health (ADH) https://azdhs.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.
Notice If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
With today’s recommendation from the CDC and ADH all Council and District events with a planned attendance of fifty or more have been postponed until after May 15th, 2020. Contingency details are still being discussed. Currently the Scout office and Scout Shop will remain open
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers should modify events to be virtual. This includes Council & District Committee meetings where many attending would be considered a part of the senior population.
Additional information regarding specific council meetings and activities will follow as alternatives are discussed and decisions are made. Questions can be directed to your local district executive or event chair.
In accordance with the announcement by the Governor and State School Superintendent, the Catalina Council strongly recommends and expects an immediate suspension of all Unit Scouting activities, meetings and gatherings until schools’ resume operations (currently – March 30th).
Please feel free to use technology to host virtual meetings and encourage parents to use this opportunity to teach their kids the lessons that they would be learning during their Scout meetings.
We continue to prepare for summer camp and look forward to welcoming all our Scouting families this summer. Currently, Summer Camp Operations are not anticipating any direct risk from the virus. We will continue to pay close attention to school closings that may affect the availability of staff or could necessitate participants rescheduling to later date. We are hopeful that that any school closings will not extend the school year into the summer camp season but are poised to adjust if needed.
Our camps meet or exceed the National Camp Accreditation Program standards for on-site health officers and medical rechecks prior to camp. This includes supervision of policies and procedures by our Council Physician.
This is a changing situation and if it is warranted closer to camp, our Council Physician will make additional recommendations regarding sanitation procedures, changes in how we operate to improve “social distancing” at camp, and increased education to campers and staff.
Even with these important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness
The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at a large Scouting event. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.
Thanks for what you do to keep kids safe,