ACA and ACH Joint Statement on Summer 2023 and COVID-19 On May 11, 2023, the US declared the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency signifying an end to certain federal policies and data collection. However, coronavirus remains a public health priority as camps begin our fourth summer with lower, albeit continued, infections, hospitalizations, […]
April 26, 2022 Testing was a critical part of camps’ strategy to prevent and contain COVID-19 in summer 2021, and we see it playing an important role this summer as well. The right strategy for each camp may well differ due to your ‘COVID-19 goal’. Is your approach to do everything possible to keep COVID-19 […]
April 6, 2022 Variations in international vaccines and vaccine schedules can cause confusion when trying to figure out who is “fully vaccinated” and “up-to-date”. We often get asked questions about how camps should manage international vaccines. Here are a few of them…feel free to let us know if you have others! There are three vaccines […]
October 31, 2021 Last week the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 years of age and it is anticipated the CDC will green light the vaccine by mid week. The winter holidays may be a lot safer for children and families as we ponder what celebrations we might be able to plan. But, […]
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is rightfully all over the news as it quickly becomes the predominant strain of the virus worldwide due to its higher infectivity. Delta is estimated to be 50% more infective than the predominant strain of COVID-19, which was already 50% more infective than the original strain. What this means is […]
July 2021 “How the diverse and creative camp community works toward layering NPIs to achieve that goal will look different — yet we must learn from prior outbreaks that negative tests alone may not sufficiently help us meet that goal.” Read more from Dr. Blaisdell and Dr. Gaslin of the Association of Camp Nurses.
Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. There will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19. A recent CDC report […]
“I expect 10 times the number of positive tests coming into camp this year over last year,” a top doctor predicts. “Yes, camp can open. Here’s how.” By Jennifer Wolff, Campenings Such was the rallying cry last year of Laura Blaisdell, MD — pediatrician, public health expert, and medical director at Camp Winnebago in Fayette, […]
Hello and happy April 2021! Today, I am writing with some tips on discussing vaccines with staff and a couple of FAQs about vaccines for kids age 12-15. Vaccine Discussions Many of us are having conversations with our staff or potential staff about being vaccinated for camp. Even though many of us are not making […]
With two effective COVID-19 vaccines and a third having received FDA authorization for use, the two questions on America’s minds are 1) where and when do I get one? and 2) Once I do, what can I do that I can’t do now?