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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Yakima County 4-H COVID-19 Response

Posted by alison.white | July 7, 2021

Proclamation 21-14.1 and 4-H Volunteers

View the 4-H Volunteer Vaccination Policy Update Letter (PDF)

Link to page for 4-H Volunteer Vaccination Exemption: https://extension.wsu.edu/volunteer-exemption/

More information on WSU’s Vaccination Policy is available on the web at https://extension.wsu.edu/vaccination-policy/.

Questions regarding WSU’s Vaccination Policy can be directed via e-mail to extension.vaccinepolicy@wsu.edu

Please contact Jenny Loyd or Sarah Boerum at (509)574-1600 for any questions you have for your local office.

In-Person Meeting Resources

RESUMPTION OF 4-H IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES UPDATE

On June 30, 2021, Governor Inslee reopened Washington under the Washington Ready plan.

The revised guidance states, all people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks indoors when children are present or expected to be present.

This change to policy is required to protect the safety of all and to model the behavior for youth, who are still required to wear masks.  

If an activity is conducted outdoors, there is no requirement to wear masks. However, people should continue to practice physical distancing of six feet, if possible.

Use this checklist to help guide in-person planning: 4-H In-Person  Activity Checklist.

Vaccinations & Masks

Are you vaccinated? Wahoo!

Fully-vaccinated adults now have the option to unmask and stop 6-foot distancing at outdoor 4-H in-person events. However, we still encourage you to mask up when working with youth and when in large group settings. This is partially for safety, but also a great opportunity to serve as a role model for our youth who are still required to wear masks. Adults who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of distance from others during programming. Keep in mind some event locations may still request all individuals mask up regardless of vaccination status.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Are we still requiring the in-person COVID-19 training or in-person request forms after July 1? No, the existing training is no longer required.
  • What are the masking requirements? 4-H Volunteers, 4-H youth and their families need to continue to wear masks indoors. If an activity is outdoors, no one is required to wear masks (per Governor Inslee’s updated guidance June 30, 2021). However, people should continue to practice physical distancing of six feet, if possible. Take a look at this guide to masking:  When Do You Need Your Mask
  • Are participant number limitations gone? Yes, no in-person 4-H activities will have number limitations.
  • Can snacks now be served during an event if participants are six feet away while eating (and safe serving protocols are practiced)? Yes.
  • Can vaccinated youth follow the same guidelines as vaccinated adults? Yes. However, if an event is held indoors and unvaccinated youth are present, we encourage everyone to wear masks for safety and to model the behavior for youth who are still required to wear masks.  

*All adults and youth who are vaccinated may meet, unmasked (if 100% of attendees are vaccinated).

*According to Governor Inslee’s latest guidance, no one, regardless of vaccine status, is required to wear a mask outdoors. However, we are recommending that people continue to practice physical distancing of six feet or more, if possible.

RESOURCES:

OFFICE & STAFF ACCESS

Since March 16th, the WSU Extension Office has been closed to the public, and personnel are teleworking. We are available via phone, email, or by scheduled video-conference.

If you have questions about the status of an upcoming event, please contact Jennifer Loyd at Jennifer.loyd@co.yakima.wa.us or 509-574-1574 (9 AM – 4:30  PM).

If you have questions about our response to COVID-19 please contact Alison White, 4-H Regional Specialist (alison.white@wsu.edu or 509-707-8066 10 AM – 6 PM), or Jennifer Loyd at Jennifer.loyd@co.yakima.wa.us or 509-574-1574 (9 AM – 4:30  PM).

Pledging our health to better living,

PROGRAM GUIDANCE
We are closely following guidance from the Yakima Health District, and are modeling activity-adaptations, postponements, and cancellations on their recommendations for youth and community programs. We are also following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WA State Department of Health (DOH) regarding youth and community programs.

All Yakima 4-H clubs have access to a county-shared Kahoot Premium account now until the end of the school year.  Leaders, teens, and staff can create fun quiz games for clubs to use via Zoom or independently by members. Login at https://create.kahoot.it/ — user name: Yakima4H — password: 4Hrocks (Check out ideas for using Kahoot here and here). You can play games others have created! For example, select Discover on the top menu, then type “4-H” or “horse breeds” into the search bar to see numerous games pop up—we can use them as is or duplicate them to our shared account and adapt them.

4-H FROM HOME
Please check out our new 4-H From Home page for resources to support club activities, independent project learning, families learning activities, and more.

MORE INFORMATION
For information and prevention strategies, please visit the ​CDC and the DOH websites for additional information and individual prevention strategies.