The CDC has updated its close contact definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. * Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE. At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest COVID-19 Updates
The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is committed to the safety and well-being of our members. With novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is taking all possible and appropriate measures to offer support to our troops, volunteers and girls. At Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, there is nothing we take more seriously than protecting our Girl Scouts, and we are working to provide support in whatever way needed.
In-Person Troop Meetings:
New Mexico: COVID-19 guidelines vary across counties so please visit the New Mexico Department of Health and look for your respective area. If you are in the green or yellow counties, you may meet with up to 10 people per group - two unrelated adults and eight girls. If you are in the red counties, you may not meet at this time. All boothing is allowed if you follow guidelines.
Texas: In-person meetings are allowed with a maximum of 10 people per group. That includes two unrelated adults and eight girls maximum. Boothing is allowed.
See full guidelines in COVID-19 In-Person Guidance guide
Currently NO overnights or fieldtrips allowed. Watch this page for updates.
SHOP OPERATING STATUS
El Paso, TX 9700 Girl Scout Way, El Paso, TX 79924 In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only (915) 566-9433 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Las Cruces, NM 225 E. Idaho, Ste. #9 , Las Cruces, NM 88005 In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only (575) 526-2532 / email@example.com
Midland, TX 901 W. Dengar Ave., Midland, TX 79705 In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00PM – 6:00PM (432) 243-0401 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Odessa, TX 5217 N. Dixie Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762 In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only Monday and Wednesday from 2:00PM – 6:00PM (432) 614-2635 / email@example.com
We will post the operating status for each week on Monday mornings. If you have questions about our hours of operation, please contact our Customer Care Team.
UPDATED CLOSE CONTACT DEFINITION
WHAT TO DO IF THERE'S A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE TROOP FAMILY AND THERE HAS BEEN EXPOSURE OR POTENTIAL EXPOSURE
TRAVEL AND OVERNIGHTS
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