ODH issues guidelines to stop spread of COVID-19 in residential camps after two outbreaks in Miami Valley

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The ODH recommends encouraging vaccination of all eligible campers, staff and volunteers and encouraging frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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To avoid spreading COVID-19 in large groups, the ODH recommends establishing cohorts or “pods” of campers and staff who stay together throughout the camp, minimizing potential exposure. Whenever possible, campers should maintain at least three feet of space between any other camper in their cohort and six feet of space between anyone outside of their cohort.

Campers who stay together in the same cabin, dormitory, or other similar space do not need to wear masks, as long as they can maximize physical distance and there are no other cohorts nearby.

When other cohorts are nearby in an indoor space, the ODH recommends that those who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask. If possible, ODH recommends improving ventilation in all interior spaces, for example by opening windows.

If someone is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the guidelines recommend a mask that covers the mouth, nose and chin to protect themselves and others. Masks should be worn indoors if it is not a residence, outdoors if social distancing is not possible, and when driving, driving or using public transportation such as a bus, taxi, car service or carpool vehicle.

Regardless of immunization status, people may be instructed to wear a mask in a medical environment, the guidelines say.

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If anyone is showing signs of COVID-19, they should stay away from others and see a doctor if necessary. People who have or likely have COVID-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days, the ODH reported. If a person is fully vaccinated, quarantine or post-exposure testing is not necessary unless the person develops symptoms, the ODH said.


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