ODH updates its residential camp guidelines following COVID-19 outbreaks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Following outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to two summer residential camps in the state, the Ohio Department of Health is updating its safety guidelines to help with prevention.

The guidance continue to advocate for a multi-pronged approach, including masking and social distancing to help protect those who are not fully vaccinated.

“If not everyone at a residential camp is fully vaccinated, the layering of strategies is critical to protecting campers, staff, and volunteers,” said chief medical officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff in a statement. “This is especially important as a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 settles in our state. Taking these precautions can help reduce the likelihood of spread and allow everyone to safely participate in camp activities.”

The department also continues to urge those 12 and up to get vaccinated against the virus. Ohio is not the only state dealing with camp-related outbreaks:

Find the updated residential camp guidelines right here.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health is urging campers in Ohio to take COVID-19 precautions after the state received reports of outbreaks of the virus linked to two residential camps in the western part of the state.

In response to the outbreaks, ODH issued updated guidance for residential camping which includes masking, social distancing, hand washing and frequent sanitation at camps with campers who are not fully vaccinated.

The guidance specifies how to safely congregate and when not to wear a mask, and the guidance is encouraged to be layered together to provide the most protection.

“If not everyone at a residential camp is fully vaccinated, the layering of strategies is critical to protecting campers, staff, and volunteers,” said Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, chief medical officer at ODH. “This is especially important as a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 settles in our state. Taking these precautions can help reduce the likelihood of spread and allow everyone to safely participate in camp activities.”

ODH also continues encouraging Ohioans who are able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

“Vaccination is our most effective tool for preventing COVID-19 and putting the pandemic behind us,” Vanderhoff said. “These vaccines save lives and will help ensure Ohioans are able to enjoy many more summers to come.”

To read the full guidance for residential campers, click here.

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Ohio Department of Health updates guidance on summer, residential camps following reported COVID-19 outbreaks

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The Ohio Department of Health has updated its guidance for summer and residential camps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The precaution comes after health officials reported COVID-19 outbreaks linked to two camps in western Ohio.

ODH recommends the following best practices specifically for camps:

The full list of recommendations can be read in full here.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at ODH, says the recommended practices are critical if not everyone at a residential camp is fully vaccinated.

ODH said if everyone at a camp is not fully vaccinated, it recommends people wear a mask in any indoor location that is not a home and outdoors if not socially distanced.

The agency also recommends people avoid gathering in large groups if not fully vaccinated.

“This is especially important as a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 settles in our state,” stated Vanderhoff. “Taking these precautions can help reduce the likelihood of spread and allow everyone to safely participate in camp activities.”

Ohioans 12 years old and older are eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine. You can make an appointment here.

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