How are we preparing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

 

Camper and staff safety during the Coronavirus outbreak
Last Updated 3/27/20


The safety of our campers and staff is our number one priority, and we are committed to limiting exposure to the virus at camp. Camp Ho Mita Koda does not have any programs or camps happening, and so right now we do not have any campers, participants, or staff at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

We have not canceled camp for the 2020 season.  In March 2020, the State of Ohio declared a state of emergency and took unprecedented measures to limit exposure through the closure of schools. Our team is in on-going communications with local health departments, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), and other summer camp programs to determine various proactive and preventive health and safety measures.  In the unlikely event that we would need to cancel a CHMK program, we will proactively communicate that decision to parents as soon as possible.

With the disruption of our normal routine, we are more excited than ever for both kids and staff to have a life-changing experience at Camp Ho Mita Koda and return to a comfortable sense of normalcy.  As we know, the coronavirus (and the associated coronavirus media blitz) has created various levels of difficulty, disconnection, disempowerment, and perhaps despair in so many people.  Camp Ho Mita Koda creates a sense of safety, education, connection, empowerment, and hope. It is what we need. 

We have always had specific communicable disease and hygiene policies and procedures at camp that aim to protect against the transmission of any disease. Of course, this is a novel virus, and so we will be revising and updating these procedures as needed based on the latest CDC and ACA recommendations.  In addition, as we track the spread of the virus and learn more from health experts, we will determine any programmatic changes that are needed, and will keep camp families updated.

Based on the advice we receive from various experts in the coming weeks, we will finalize our plans regarding prevention and protection. These may include:

  • Additional health checks for both staff and campers, and requirements to stay home if sick.
  • Additional hand washing and hygiene procedures.
  • Additional facility and gear cleaning duties with CDC approved cleaning products.

We encourage everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of viruses. Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Additional everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


You can find specific resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) here:

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus Website
World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus information
WHO answers coronavirus questions: Myth Busters” page
NPR: Concise info in cartoon form, “What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus”
John Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu
Scientific American: Why preparation is important

 

For any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to info@camphomitakoda.org.