By Kim Griffiths, BScN, Deputy Commissioner for Rovers
I have taken this initiative to address concerns around the coronavirus / COVID-19. The virus is known to spread in the following ways:
- Person-to-person spread
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
When does spread happen?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. There have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Please share the following points with your parents:
- If you or your child are ill, please do not attend Scouting activities.
- If a child's school is closed for pandemic prevention, that child should not attend Scouting activities.
- If a hospital or school in your catchment area is quarantined or closed due to COVID-19, then there will be no Scouting meetings, events, or camps until virus is cleared from your catchment area.
- The National Commissioner has authority to issue temporary directives regarding pandemic responses.
- Please report to the National Commissioner the following: Questions, concerns, and/or actions taken pursuant to this letter.
These guidelines are given as a tool to work from and may evolve as we learn more about this virus. Please listen to your local news and health unit for any directives and report these to the National Commissioner, Rod Smith, at 519-572-7024. Please refer to:
- Information from the World Health Organization
- Information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
You can contact Kim Griffiths at 905-746-9501.
This text was approved at the Executive Council meeting on February 29, 2020.