Adapted from University of Arizona 4-H Youth Development and University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources 4-H Youth Development Program, Yolo County
As a 4-H volunteer, you are responsible for the health and wellness of the members, parents, and other volunteers who participate in your program. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly developing, we want to provide some guidance to support your efforts. University of Nevada, Reno Extension 4-H Youth Development leadership recognizes that each community has a different context, and thus, current decisions about county-level program cancellation is being made in partnership between Extension Educators in each county and the 4-H staff. Extension will continue to monitor the situation and may modify guidance as conditions change.
First and foremost, it is important to assess the risk factors for the individuals in your 4-H community. Postponing or not holding events is the best way to prevent contamination and transmission of the disease. However, there may be events that are not feasible to postpone or cancel. In these instances, increasing your sanitary practices is necessary. As the adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
We do not want to induce panic, yet we do want to educate our youth on good hygiene habits.
This is also an opportunity to teach our youth about microbiology, epidemiology, and social responsibility. If you need additional information to share with your clubs, please let us know.
Below are actionable steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading disease at your 4-H events and meetings. The underlying message is to reduce the touching of shared items and reduce close contact between participants. Select those things which make the most sense for your situation. With many of these items, no one would even notice you had made a change.
• Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.
• Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people by staying at least six (6) feet apart.
• Wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
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Stark, C., 2020, 4-H Club Guidance for COVID-19 | Long Term Road to Recovey, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno Bulletin-2020-01
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