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COVID-19 is the name of the coronavirus disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).

Virtual Meetings and Events

On March 13, 2020, the Heart of New England posted a statement on Facebook, in which they strongly recommended suspending unit meetings and activities if the unit's school closes. At about the same time, Worcester Public Schools announced on Twitter that their schools were closed until at least April 6. As a result, on March 14, 2020, the Troop announced:

Troop 54 is cancelling our Kitchtau Camping Trip (Mar 20-22) and suspending in-person meetings until April 6. Starting with our March 17 meeting, we are holding Virtual Troop Meetings at 7:00 PM. These will likely all end by 8:00 PM.

As it turned out, our virtual meetings generally ran to the usual ending time of 8:30 PM, and meetings continued to be entirely virtual almost through July 2020. We held virtual camping events (everyone camping in their own backyard, connected via Zoom) in March, April, May, June and November 2021. Otherwise, we resumed in-person camping.

Controls for In-person Events

COVID-19 Controls - The Troop has implemented controls to limit COVID-19 transmission risk at in-person events, beginning with an initial version posted July 4, 2020. Different versions of the controls are available here.

COVID-19 Screening Record - The Troop used this record to ensure that screening was completed as expected at an activity, not at meetings. Personal health data was not recorded as part of this process.

On-line Sources of Information on COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - WHO web page

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - CDC web page

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Massachusetts Department of Public Health web page

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map - by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

Restart Scouting Checklist - Checklist of risk reduction steps for units to use in conducting in-person activities.

Workplace Safety and Reopening Standards for Campgrounds - Phase III, Step 1 - From the collection of Reopening Massachusetts documents.

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance - Tabular data on Worldometer, allows comparison of countries by cases and deaths per 100,000 population.

Daily confirmed COVID-19 deaths - Graph of deaths per day for USA on Our World in Data.

Key Dates from the Massachusetts Perspective


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