Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Overnight Camps
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August provides details about how four overnight camps in Maine used nonpharmaceutical interventions to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among campers and staff. The camps’ prevention and mitigation strategy included interventions such as pre-camp quarantine, pre- and post- arrival testing and symptom screening, cohorting, use of face coverings, physical distancing, enhanced hygiene measures, cleaning and disinfecting, maximal outdoor programming, and early and rapid identification of infection and isolation. Information from the report is presented below.
From “Preventing and Mitigating SARS-CoV-2 Transmission — Four Overnight Camps, Maine, June–August 2020”:
“These findings demonstrate that multilayered public health prevention and mitigation strategies in an overnight camp setting can identify and prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, regardless of the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the domestic and international communities from which campers and staff members are arriving.”
CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “
Preventing and Mitigating SARS-CoV-2 Transmission — Four Overnight Camps, Maine, June–August 2020
” (August 2020).

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
, “
SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020
” (August 2020).

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news article
in this issue describes an outbreak of COVID-19 at an overnight youth camp in Georgia in June.