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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.

Important Resources

Announcements

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 / retail@gsdsw.org

Las Cruces, NM
225 E. Idaho, Ste. #9 , Las Cruces, NM 88005
 In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only (575) 526-2532 / retail@gsdsw.org

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 / retail@gsdsw.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 / retail@gsdsw.org

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

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.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE'S A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE TROOP FAMILY AND THERE HAS BEEN EXPOSURE OR POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

1. Contact Customer Care to make council aware.

2. Complete the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

TRAVEL AND OVERNIGHTS

The timeframe for resuming travel will vary from state to state and even from county to county in some cases. As always, volunteers must seek council prior approval before planning any overnight stays, follow guidance in Safety Activity Checkpoints and continue to practice the Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance outlined in this document for the foreseeable future. Once your state jurisdiction permits travel, proceed cautiously to integrate overnight travel back into Girl Scout programs. Recognize that the COVID-19 risk is fluid, it can and will change and contingencies for re-scheduling or pivoting to virtual should always be considered. For all travel, use all health and safety guidance available in your jurisdiction and the destination jurisdiction in conjunction with this guidance to ensure the safety of girls. See the Additional Resources located at the bottom of this document, the CDC (always), state and local health authority guidance or restrictions and Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Travel and overnights have been a long part of our Girl Scout programming and history. We know that adventures, both near and far, have been sorely missed this year. Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is not permitting travel and overnights at this time. Please keep in mind that as the risk in your county or state increases, we are asking our troop leaders to exercise increased caution to keep girls safe.
 Below are some guideposts to operate by once Travel and Overnights are allowed again.

• Troops should travel in family units as much as possible. Masks are required when traveling in the same vehicle as members from another household.

• Some states may have travel restrictions and should be checked for during the planning process. For example, some states require 14 days of quarantine prior to crossing their borders. As Girl Scouts who live by the Promise and Law, we should all respect each state’s authority to make these decisions.

• Overnights would be permitted in family units only. We know that this limits the amount of travel troops can plan. However, we may still be in a pandemic and we must make every attempt to keep our members and our communities safe.

• Camp Mitre Peak may be open for use with some restrictions and increased sanitation guidelines. You could cozy up by the fire with your Girl Scout family and friends for a day or a night!

• If there is a travel ban in your county or state, troops should not be traveling within or beyond the borders.

• Desert Southwest’s in person activity guidance still applies.

• Desert Southwest’s trip application and process still applies. Our program team is ready to guide your troops, as needed. If you have questions about travel and overnights, please contact Customer Care.

PARTICIPANT WAIVER NOW AVAILABLE

Read the COVID-19 Participant Waiver and please ensure that you still continue to follow all of the safety guidelines including masks, social distancing, etc. The waiver ensures that parents understand that there is risk involved in participating and that they understand that risk. A best practice would be for each parent to sign the waiver form and the Troop Leader keep the documents on file.

NEW COMMUNICATION

During this tumultuous time, we know you’re receiving emails from a lot of different directions while trying to balance families, health and homeschooling. With that in mind, we do not want to add to the clutter, but we do want to communicate needed updates.

This is what we plan to do moving forward:



Cookie Updates for Troop Leaders: These will come through eBudde communications. If you are not currently signed up, please email product@gsdsw.org.



Programming: Programs are updated here.

Troop Scoop and other critical communications will continue to be emailed to all families to ensure you receive needed information in a timely manner.

Please join our Facebook groups for more information and to engage with the programming.

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