GSWPA Responds to H1N1 Influenza

Jul 30, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) was notified on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 that an 18 year old unit counselor at Camp Redwing (Renfrew, PA) who was sent home sick on Friday, July 24 was diagnosed with a confirmed case of H1N1 flu.

A plan of action was put in place to notify all campers who were in attendance at camp during the week of July 19 and this current week, and to recommend that they receive immediate medical attention should flu-like symptoms occur. Girl Scouts of the USA and neighboring Girl Scout councils were also informed of the situation.

The council has notified, and continues to work and monitor the situation with support from the health department in Greensburg, PA. After being presented with the protocols for screening campers at intake, monitoring vitals and sanitizing, as well as notification methods of camper’s parents, the health department did not advise GSWPA to close the camp. In addition, both agencies are working closely together to ensure the safety of current and future campers.

Below are simple steps one can take in any environment to stay healthy during this flu season, including:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

GSWPA is pleased to report that no campers have complained or demonstrated signs of illness this week, and the girl who was diagnosed is recovering, and due to be released from her physician’s care.

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