In light of the present worldwide concern for health and safety posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19,) the staff and leadership of Damascus would like to reaffirm our organizational commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of every child, employee, and volunteer under our care. Because camp happens in the midst of a close community, Damascus, as is the practice of most camps has always taken great care to develop and maintain cleaning and medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. These standards of care have been developed in consultation with the American Camping Association as well as our local public health authorities.
While the coronavirus currently poses no immediate concern for camps, we do have communicable disease plans in place that will be revised in cooperation with our public health authorities as any additional COVID-19 guidance is provided. Further, Damascus will work closely with our local public health department to maintain effective protocols for the identification and appropriate treatment of any illnesses that may occur at camp, including COVID-19.
Rest assured that we are committed to maintaining open lines of communication and will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available.
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Current required pre-camp and arrival day screening procedures have historically been limited to screening snacks for potential food allergens, but Damascus will update these health and wellness screening policies and procedures to reflect the current best practices recommended by public health authorities, including the potential for questions about international travel or exposure to any known carriers of the coronavirus.
Current hygiene and facilities standards for all staff and participants based on CDC recommendations include:
– All individuals should clean hands regularly (soap and hot water for 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, available at multiple locations on campus)
– All individuals should cover mouth when coughing/sneezing
– All individuals should avoid touching their faces (nose/mouth/eyes)
– All individuals should Limit physical contact (handshaking, hugging)
– Under no circumstance should individuals share drinks, food/utensils, etc.
– Damascus staff members must pay close attention to their symptoms (and those of their campers) and take appropriate action with suspicion of symptoms of illness.
– All food and serving surfaces will be regularly cleaned with disinfectant.
– All beds and bathroom spaces will be regularly cleaned with disinfectant.