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March 07, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2020 (COVID-2019)

What can Camps and Conference Centres do to minimize the opportunity for transmission of the coronavirus? What policies should we have in place? 

Here is a brief summary of the guidelines provided by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and Campnurse.org. Below the summary are links to the documents.

  1. Be informed - the risk to Canadians remains low.
  2. Health screening should begin at home prior to attendance at camp. Keep parents informed about what they can do before registration and the health screening policies of your camp. Health screening on registration day should include questions about travel and current symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. 
  3. Develop policies to reduce opportunity for transmission of viruses. Begin immediately.
    1. Staff and campers ill with fever and/or infectious respiratory symptoms should stay home. Staff should self-evaluate daily for influenza-like symptoms.
    2. Consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
    3. Regular and routine environmental cleaning of the facility.
  4. Have a well-established communicable disease/outbreak plan for your camp that includes all the steps of prevention, intervention, communication with parents, debriefing, and a plan if the camp is placed in quarantine.

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in collaboration with Canadian public health experts has developed a guidance for the prevention and management of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and childcare settings. I think that we can apply this to camps as well. 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidance-schools-childcare-programs.html

Specifically note the lines "There is currently no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in Canada; therefore, PHAC recommends that schools take standard respiratory illness precautions, the same precautions that are recommended every year for cold and influenza season. At present, school closures are not recommended for the prevention of COVID-19." I would extrapolate this to include camps and conference centres.

It is very important to reduce opportunities for transmission through hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, "no-sharing" policies and cleaning and disinfection.

Campnurse.org out of the United States created the following publication for camps and conference centres with specific sections on camp implications and suggestions for policies and procedures.

https://www.campnurse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-FAQs-Mar-2020-1.pdf

Campnurse.org also has a publication in regards to communicable disease management at camp.

https://www.campnurse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Communicable-Disease-Management-Strategies-for-the-Camp-Setting-2019.pdf

 

Praying with you for wisdom as you plan for the season. Praying for health and safety at our camps and in our country!

Sharon Fraess
National Director
CCI/Canada