Dear Scouting Community,
In light of concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Garden State Council, BSA would like to remind its members, families, volunteers, and staff, that your health and safety are important to us.
The most important thing you can do is to prepare and educate yourself.
We encourage you to protect yourself by following the common-sense tips below and remember, “A Scout is Clean.”
If you are sick, feeling sick, recently were sick, are in an at-risk age group, or have an underlying health issue, we encourage you to not attend Scouting activities for now.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
· Wash your hands often;
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
· Stay home when you are sick;
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Here are some great resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
How it spreads:
· The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 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.
· For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Frequently Asked Questions:
· The New Jersey Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline (1-800-222-1222) for the public to ask questions.
· This hotline provides factual information to alleviate fear and dispel rumors. New Jersey is continuing to work closely with the CDC and local health partners to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.