Suspensions Due to COVID-19
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
Twitter that their schools are closed until at least April 6. As a result:
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.
We will have a Socially Distant Camping Trip
in place of the previously organized trip.
On-line Sources of Information on COVID-19
disease (COVID-19) outbreak - WHO web page
Coronavirus (COVID-19) -
CDC web page
on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Massachusetts Department of Public Health web
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map - by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering
at Johns Hopkins University
Key Dates from the Massachusetts Perspective
- 31 Dec, 2019 - Pneumonia of unknown cause reported to WHO China Office.
- 01 Feb, 2020 - Massachusetts reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
- 10 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency.
- 11 Mar, 2020 - WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
- 13 Mar, 2020 -
- US President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency.
- Worcester Public Schools announced that its schools were to be closed until at least April 6.
- 15 Mar, 2020 -
- Edward Agustus, the City Manager, declared a state of emergency in the City of Worcester.
- The number of COVID-19 cases in the rest of the world first exceeded the number of cases in mainland China.
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the closure of all schools in Massachusetts to close from March 17 to April 6. Several other measures were also announced, including the end of dine-in service at all restaurants and prohibiting gatherings of 25 people or more.
- 16 Mar, 2020 - US President Donald Trump called for a limit of 10 people in any gathering for the next
- 18 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered that all day care centers in the state will close March 23 and not reopen until April 6, with some exceptions.
- 19 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker activated the state's National Guard to support COVID-19 response.
- 20 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts confirmed its first COVID-19 death.
- 23 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operation from March 24 at noon until April 7 at noon.
- 23 Mar, 2020 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered an extension of school and child care closures to not reopen before May 4.
- 27 Mar, 2020 - Baker-Polito Administration announced travel guidance requiring travelers arriving in Massachusetts to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- 29 Mar, 2020 - US President Donald Trump extended the federal guidance calling for social distancing measures across the United States through April 30.
- 11 Apr, 2020 - The US death toll from COVID-19 becomes the largest for any country in the world at over 18,000.
Page updated 4/12/20