March 13, 2020
UPDATED 3/16 - Recommendations for 4-H Clubs and Local 4-H Activities and COVID
• AN IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
As of 3/16/2020, Kansas State University leadership extended the timeline for our COVID-19 response protocols to eight weeks. They are even cancelling the face-to-face commencement ceremonies.
Concerning Extension-sponsored (which includes all 4-H programming by employees and volunteers) face-to-face workshops, shows, activities, and events that are targeted to the people we serve, such face-to-face events should be cancelled, postponed, or converted to such distance technologies as Zoom is extended through May 16.
4-H implication: Even in light of this directive, it is prudent for KSRE professionals to communicate with their local health department for the latest risk assessment and recommendations. Communication from KSRE professionals and boards regarding 4-H activities should be in alignment with such recommendations and communicated to local 4-H volunteers in a timely fashion.
• According to the CDC, older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at greater risk for getting very sick from this illness.
4-H implication: As youth and adults frequently interact together in 4-H learning opportunities, it is prudent for KSRE professionals to assess the potential risk of 4-H related activities to vulnerable populations (identified above).