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Tips for Staying Healthy

 

March 18, 2020 Update

Dear Scouting Families and Leaders,

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our high priority. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 through information from the State of Oklahoma, Health Departments and the Center for Disease Control.

As promised, 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.

DISTRICT & COUNCIL MEETINGS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Meetings:

District and Council committee meetings must be conducted using teleconference options through April 6, 2020. As an example, Commissioner Staff meetings, District and Council committee meetings, Eagle Board of Review, youth and adult training sessions/courses need to be conducted using such methods.

Activities and Events:

All scheduled District and Council activities and events are postponed until April 6. Events or activities will be rescheduled. Postponed activities will be communicated via the Council website and social media channels. Additionally, participants will be notified via email by the event organizer.

SERVICE CENTERS, CAMPS, AND SCOUT SHOPS

The Scout Service Center:

Our Scout Service Center is closed to in-person visits until April 6, 2020. Volunteers and Scouting families should scan and email or mail paperwork to our offices utilizing info@okscouts.org or our staff directory.

In addition, volunteers and Scouting families should contact our staff members by telephone and email. Click here for our staff directory. The Scout Shop will be closed until further notice.

Summer Camps:

All programs remain in place at this time. If changes occur, all will be notified as information is made available.

Unit meetings, Activities, and Events:

Unit leadership is encouraged to follow the State of Oklahoma and the Center for Disease Control guidelines in response to COVID-19. Consideration should be given to conducting monthly leader and committee meetings, and other meetings using virtual web technology.

All Indian Nations Council Camp Properties will be closed through April 6, 2020. Decisions of postponement for activities and events held after April 6th will be announced two weeks prior to the scheduled events or activities.

HELPFUL LINKS

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO UNITS:

The health and safety of our members, volunteers, and employees is a high priority. Accordingly, we are continuing to evaluate the situation and will update you as information becomes available.

 

March 17, 2020 Update

Out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and create social distancing. The Indian Nations Council, BSA will comply with the guidelines from the City of Tulsa and the Center for Disease Control. The Indian Nations Council staff will begin working remotely starting March 23 to April 6, 2020. 
 
We encourage all of our Scouting partners to comply with guidelines from the City of Tulsa and the Center for Disease Control. We encourage everyone to do your part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
 
As a result, the Scout Resource Center will be closed for in-person visits until April 6, 2020.  

A link to the Indian Nations Council Staff is listed for your convenience as we encourage you to continue to contact staff by email during this time. Click here for the Indian Nations Council Staff Directory
 
Please continue to contact the Scout Resource Center by contacting info@okscouts.org or 918-743-6125 for assistance. We will continue to update through emails and our website okscouts.org and Council and District Facebook pages with information. Please sign up for our newsletter here.

Bill Haines
Scout Executive/CEO
Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America

March 16, 2020 Update

Sunday Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum updated his issued order to comply with the CDC order to cancel or postpone events that consist of 50 or more. This order restricts public gatherings in an attempt to prevent future spread of COVID-19 in the city. The order forces the postponement or cancellation of all gatherings of 50 people or more at city facilities and applies to special events permitted by the city.

The Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America will comply with the restrictions issued by Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.  The order will continue through April 15.

We continue to urge everyone to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s Guide for travelers when returning from any location listed as a Level 2 or 3 country identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Please refer to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time. Click here for the CDC Travel Guide

Additional notices will be sent out and posted to okscouts.org as more information becomes available.  

March 13, 2020 Update:

SPRING BREAK

If your plans have you traveling for the upcoming Spring Break, please follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s Guide for travelers when returning from any location listed as a Level 2 or 3 country identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Please refer to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time. Click here for the CDC Travel Guide 

March 2, 2020 Post:

BE PREPARED:

We’ve all caught some kind of infection, or sickness, from someone else. These illnesses are known as communicable or contagious diseases because they are spread from one person to another. They may occur when a healthy person becomes infected through contact with a sick person or by touching something that a sick person has come in contact with. Communicable diseases are caused by germs—both viruses and bacteria—and some examples include colds, flu, or strep throat. You can catch infections in several different ways, but all involve germs coming in contact with mucous membranes (like your eyes, nose, or mouth) or through breaks in the skin (like a cut or a hangnail).

GENERAL INFORMATION

While most communicable diseases are treatable, preventing the infection is the best approach. Communicable infections spread in many ways, including:

  • Putting your hands in your mouth or touching your nose with germs on your hands.
  • Inhaling after an ill person nearby has coughed or sneezed.
  • Eating food contaminated from improper storage, handling food without proper handwashing, or consuming food that someone who is ill sneezes or coughs around.
  • Touching blood, vomit, or stool from an infected person.

Touching surfaces that have been contaminated, such as light switches, tables, or faucet handles, can also lead to an infection. For example, a towel, sleeping bag, or even a bar of soap that a sick person has used can have germs on it. It may take hours for the germs to die unless there is proper cleaning. To clean surfaces, use a diluted bleach solution or commercial disinfectant.

Good handwashing is the most important step you can take to prevent spreading germs. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is OK for many situations, but if blood or soiling of the hands is present, or if you have diarrhea, then wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. To help reduce airborne germs, encourage everyone to cough and sneeze into an elbow or shoulder. Other ways to reduce the spread of diseases include:

  • Do not touch obviously infected areas (like a fever blister or wound).
  • Wear gloves when there is the potential for contact with an infected person or object. Use gloves if you must clean up any body fluids, clean the toilet, or give first aid. Used gloves are contaminated. Remove and discard them before touching anything or anybody else, and wash your hands after removing the gloves.
  • Do not share any personal items like combs, cups, towels, soap, or eating utensils.
  • If your immune system is not working well or you have not received all recommended vaccines, be sure to stay away from anyone who is ill.
  • If you have an infection, stay away from others.  A quarantine may be useful in some situations. When someone feels better after taking medicine, it does not mean the individual is no longer infectious. If possible, stay at home until you are symptom-free, without medication, for at least 24–48 hours. If you are uncertain when it is OK to return to an activity, talk to your doctor.