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A Message to our Girl Scouts, Volunteers, and Parents about the Coronavirus

Good afternoon Girl Scouts, Volunteers, Parents and Community Collaborators,

As you may be aware, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health announced yesterday that six New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed cases in the state. Additionally, the governor issued a public health emergency declaration and announced new restrictions and recommendations related to travel and large public gatherings.

We have been closely monitoring developments in this rapidly evolving situation. At this time, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is not closing any of our offices. We will continue to monitor and respond to recommendations from state and federal officials.

Our STEM Expo is scheduled in Las Cruces on Saturday, March 14, 2020. With New Mexico in a state of emergency and requesting we do not have gatherings of 100 people or more due to potential spread of COVID-19, we are regrettably postponing our STEM Expo until a date that will be determined after the pandemic crisis we are currently experiencing, is over. This is a postponement until a new date can be established. Your tickets will be held for you. If you would like a refund for this event, please email with your name, amount of tickets purchased and that you would like a refund. We will process the refund requests with our bi-weekly check runs. If you have any questions on this event, please email us at and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Moving Forward
As the New Mexico Department of Education has made the announcement all schools will be closed from March 16th through April 5th, resuming April 6th, all programs or activities in New Mexico will be postponed until further notice. If you have signed up for a program in New Mexico, and would like a refund, please email We will be moving all programs in New Mexico to later dates.

Currently, Texas programs of more than 100 people will be postponed; smaller programs will continue until further notice. The most important thing we can do to protect our Girl Scout community is to keep taking the precautions we know will reduce our risk, including:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • ​Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with regular household cleaners
  • ​​Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Avoid large public gatherings
  • Avoid non-essential travel to affected areas
  • Remain home if you are sick

    We recommend that members regularly visit the Centers for Disease Control website for updated information. We will continue to keep you informed of updates pertaining to Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest and any changes as this situation develops. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you on some amazing programs in the future.

- Patty Craven
  Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest