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NL Council COVID-19 Updates

February 10, 2021
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February 12, 2021: Self-Isolation Advisory

Scouters, Parents/Guardians & Participants: 

In additon to the February 10 update (below) we have more imporant information to share.  Our apologies for the delay as we were seeking clarification from Public Health.

Based on yesterday's announcement by the Chief Medical Officer of Health there are new self-isolation requirements that may apply to our members, especially in the St. John's-Metro Region.  All members should review the details to determine if they apply to them.

ANYONE who attended ANY activity from February 5-7 that included a Grade 7-12 Student from the Avalon Peninsula is REQUIRED to self-isolate immediately and seek testing. (any activity that included 10 or more people)

This applies to any activity within or outside of Scouting.  Groups should ensure that parents are aware of any situation they might not think about (ie. a Grade 11 Student volunteering at a Beaver meeting).

If this applies to you, you MUST:

  • Self-isolate immediately (use the Government resources for details)
  • Complete the online COVID-19 Self-Assessment
  • Call 811 after completing the self-assessment to follow up and book your test. (note that there may be conflicting information at the end of the self-assessment, but be sure to follow this step.)

Further clarifications:

  • If you are part of this advisory, get a NEGATIVE test result and have NO symptoms, you will be no longer required to isolate.
  • If you are contacted directly by Public Health OR have otherwise been identified as a "Close Contact", you must continue isolating for 14 days, regardless of your test result.
  • If you get a NEGATIVE test result but HAVE symptoms (even mild), you will be required to continue isolating until 24 hours after your symptoms have ceased.
  • If you get a POSTIVE test result, it should be clear that you continue to isolate.

For anyone experiencing anxiety or other mental health issues, be sure to make use of the list of resources provided by the Provincial Government, here.

Remember to download the COVID Alert app using the link at the top of this page.  This small action can go a long way in identifying contacts and slowing the spread.

Scouters are reminded that if they are contacted by their Regional Health Authority through the contact-tracing process, they should comply with any requests including providing attendance lists.  Nothing else is required, your Regional Health Authority will conduct contact-tracing and inform any close contacts.  However, please email william.short@scouts.ca and copy your Group Commissioner to keep us informed.

We will continue to watch the COVID-19 situation closely and will react quickly as needed.

The current status of our Health Regions can be found in the table above.

Yours In Scouting,

Stephen Loney
Council Commissioner

Charlotte Belbin
Council Youth Commissioner

William Short
Scouting Relationship Manager

February 10, 2021: Entire NL Council to Stage 1

Scouters, Parents/Guardians & Participants: 

As we continue our commitment to act prudently to reduce the spread of COVID-19, keeping our members and our communities safe, we must provide you with this new update.

In accordance with the Public Health Order announced today by CMOH Dr. Janice Fitzgerlad, all in-person activities across all Health Regions in Newfoundland & Labrador have been suspended until further notice.  This Public Health Order will be in place for at least 2 weeks.  As such, all Scouting in our Council will move to Stage 1 of the Return to Scouting Plan, Virtual Scouting Only. 

To all of our members, especially those in Groups near the known clusters, be sure to follow all Public Health recommendations, complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment if have any symptoms, or visit the government website for information regarding COVID-19.  Together we can keep COVID at bay and be able to return to normal Scouting in the near future.  For anyone experiencing anxiety or other mental health issues, be sure to make use of the list of resources provided by the Provincial Government, here.

Under Stage 1 you can expect:

  • Virtual Scouting Only (via online, correspondence, Scouting at Home, etc.)
  • Size of Gatherings: unconstrained (online)
  • 2-Scouter Rule must be observed in online interactions

We encourage Groups to try meeting virtually with their youth, even if you have not yet done so.  Council is prepared to provide support as needed.  This time of year is a great time to work with youth to start planning their Top Section Award Projects.  An initial set of virtual program resources have been delivered to Group Commissioners.

Scouters are reminded that if they are contacted by their Regional Health Authority through the contact-tracing process, they should comply with any requests including providing attendance lists.  Nothing else is required, your Regional Health Authority will conduct contact-tracing and inform any close contacts.  However, please email william.short@scouts.ca and copy your Group Commissioner to keep us informed.

We will continue to watch the COVID-19 situation closely and will react quickly as needed.

The current status of our Health Regions can be found in the table above.

Yours In Scouting,

Stephen Loney
Council Commissioner

Charlotte Belbin
Council Youth Commissioner

William Short
Scouting Relationship Manager