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COVID-19 Updates

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Districts, News | 0 comments

UPDATE: December 17, 2021

The Cascade Pacific Council’s COVID Task Force of staff and expert volunteers have updated our guidlines based on the current COVID-19 conditions in our two-state, 19-county region.

 

Changes to the latest guidelines

  • Masks are still required for all individuals indoors.
  • No need to social distance during Scouting activites.
  • Outside activities: no masks required unless close-contact for prolonged periods.

Please Note: 

In this update you will find new directions as to how to handle reports of infected individuals that may pose a risk of infection to others. Note, people are infectious with COVID 48 hours prior to first symptoms. This means asymptomatic infectious individuals could be present at any meeting. Extra effort to proper screening and communication when one becomes ill is required.

What happens if someone has COVID like symptoms?

Symptomatic individuals should be isolated and senthome.

A COVID test should be administered. (Rapid AntigenTest is acceptable)

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID?

Many units will experience situations where reports of a potential COVID exposure in their unit. The information below is required when a report of an illness or COVID infection is detected after a unit activity.

  • Contact Tracing: First determine if the individual has COVID. If so, you will need to work with the individual to contact trace, which is to identify all those who have had close contact with the infected individual 48 hours prior to their first symptoms.
  • Close Contact is defined as those persons who were within six (6) feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. (Masked or unmasked, vaccinated or unvaccinated)
  • Communication: Inform those identified as having close contact that they have been exposed and to follow post exposure guidelines.oInform the rest of the unit that an exposure happened and to watch for symptomsoReport to your district executive and you county epartment of environmental health.
  • Post exposure requirements for unvaccinated individuals: A minimum of 14-day quarantine is recommended for all unvaccinated people exposed to COVID-19 that do not have any symptoms. There is a small but significant chance in transmission of COVID-19 from days11-14 so it is important to continue to monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days.
  • Post exposure requirements for vaccinated individuals: Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days after exposure, and if symptoms develop, you should isolate and seek testing. It is recommended that you get tested after 5 days.
  • NOTE: Your county environmental health may have other requirements as well.

Know your risk and protective measures before participating in any Scouting in Person Activity.

During this pandemic, we have all had to make sacrifices.  The challenge with participating in any social activity is not just the danger you place yourself but also your ability to place others in danger.   You should have come to grips with the fact that any social activity outside your family puts you and your family at risk of infection.  Those who are at-risk or have fragile persons in their home (see below) should carefully weigh the risks of socializing outside the home.   Most should not feel they need to wait out this pandemic stuck indoors.   There are several things you can do within the guidelines of your state and county that could allow for in person Scouting can happen.

Note: our recommended procedures should mitigate most risk but not all. Participants need to be aware that any activity puts them at some risk of exposure. Remember: exposure to Coronavirus could be asymptomatic. If a person becomes infected, they may become asymptomatic carriers. They would then most likely infect other people unwillingly.

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