COVID-19 Response & FAQs

COVID-19 Response & FAQs

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Public Health, and the American Camping Association

Currently, the following Spring Break Camps have been Cancelled, March 23rd through April 10th

California residents have been asked to stay at home unless necessary. Spring Camps will resume on April 13th, unless conditions call for an extension.  

Notice to our Families

The safety and health of all of our campers and staff is always our highest priority. Due to directives from San Diego County Health and California Department of Public Health regarding gatherings and social distancing, we have Cancelled the following Spring Break Camps, March 23rd through April 10th. Canceled Camps will receive full refunds, including membership fees (if applicable). Spring Camps will resume on April 13th, unless conditions call for an extension.  

We regret any inconvenience this causes to our families. We appreciate your support of Camp Fire San Diego – Camp CaHiTo and your understanding during this time. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office at 619-291-8985 or email [email protected].

What is Camp CaHiTo Doing?

Camp Fire San Diego – Camp CaHiTo continues to follow CDC guidance, as well the guidance from public health departments at the State and County levels to keep our campers and staff populations safe and healthy. The safety and health of all of our campers and staff is always the highest priority. We have always taken great care to develop and maintain medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare.

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Public Health, and the American Camping Association, we will be implementing required pre-camp and arrival day screening. Health Screening practices will begin before camp starts; we ask that parents and staff delay arrival if an individual has symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, or if there is known exposure to COVID-19. Should an individual arrive at Camp with symptoms, Campers will not be allowed to stay.

Beyond our daily cleaning efforts, you can expect to see our staff cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often, throughout the facility. We will also be providing more hand sanitizers and scheduled handwashing times throughout the day for Campers.

We will continually be updating our policy as additional COVID-19 guidance is provided. Camp Cancellations will be made in accordance with guidelines from public health authorities, coupled with other considerations. We will be following all directives to reduce exposure at Camp and continue to update you if the public health department decides on: quarantines, Camp closures, and exclusion policies.

The Future

No one could have ever projected our current reality. As Camp Fire San Diego – Camp CaHiTo programs temporarily close, our staff will be doing everything we can to support our youth and securing the future of our organization during this crisis. 

Right now, our council is facing a funding gap due to our canceled Spring Camps. If you are so inclined and in a position to help Camp Fire San Diego navigate through this period of uncertainty and remain strong throughout the pandemic, please consider supporting us through a donation. We understand this might not be feasible for all households and may cause hardship.

We appreciate your support of Camp Fire San Diego – Camp CaHiTo and your understanding during this time. We hopefully will return soon to make a difference for the youth in our community. Click here to show your support.

Current Policy

1. All children and staff members with respiratory symptoms or fever (>100 F / >37.8 C) should remain home (from camp and other activities) until they had no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication and respiratory symptoms are gone. If respiratory symptoms are not completely gone but they are improving and one week has passed since onset of illness, the camper can return to camp.

2. Campers and staff members who present at Camp with fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory infection will be sent home.

  • Campers who typically have coughs from underlying, known diseases (like asthma, allergies) may remain if there is no new symptom.
  • Until the person leaves camp, we may place a surgical mask on that camper or staff member if available and if tolerated.
  • If possible, we will keep that person isolated (campers must still be visible and supervised by a staff member); otherwise we will try to keep a 3 to 6 foot distance between that camper (or staff member) and others.
  • Persons excluded from camp or work for fever may return to camp when; (a) they have been free of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications). In addition, (b) all respiratory symptoms must be fully resolved OR seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms and the individual’s symptoms have been improving (whichever is earlier).
  • Persons excluded from camp or work for respiratory symptoms and who have not developed a fever may return to camp when (a) all respiratory symptoms are fully resolved or (b) seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms and the individual’s symptoms have been improving (whichever is earlier).

3. We will be excluding campers and staff members who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice. This list can be found at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

  • As of date of this version, these countries are: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea (Japan is Level 2, travelers from Japan are not included in this restriction at this time). Check CDC website for most up to date information.
  • These people will be excluded from camp for 14 days, beginning the day they departed that country.

4. Healthy members of a household who did not travel, but where someone else from that household returned from CDC Level 3 country (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices) are not required to stay away from camp as long as all members of that household are healthy (i.e., no new respiratory symptoms and no fever).

5. Campers and staff members who have visited one of these countries within the past two weeks should be advised to call their doctors for instructions if they have fever or symptoms of respiratory infection.

6. Campers will not be excluded from camp or any camp activities based on race or country of origin.

7. A camper or staff member who has been in close contact with a person with a laboratory-confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus over past two weeks will be excluded from camp until cleared by the local public health department.

8. If any camper or staff member at camp is suspected to have the virus (i.e., becomes a County Health Department “patient under investigation”; or “PUI”) for COVID-19, the camp will work with public health authorities who will collaborate with that camper’s or staff member’s own physician to guide further restrictions and public notifications.

9. As a reminder, all camper and staff health information is confidential and cannot be shared with other campers or with camp staff. Confidential health information can be shared only with Camp health team leaders and with the County Public Health Department.

10. Campers with underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable for serious disease if infected with the COVID-19 virus should confer with their own doctors on Camp attendance. Parents of children without such conditions may decide to keep their child at home. Parents’ decision should be honored during this period when social distancing is being enforced.

11. Staff with underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable for serious disease if infected with the COVID-19 virus should confer with their own doctors on Camp attendance.

Current Understanding of Virus

  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
  • Children may also present with no fever, mild diarrhea and vomiting. They have fewer symptoms and problems.
  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.
  • It is not yet known whether people carrying the virus, but have no symptoms, can spread the virus to others.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.
  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.

Basic Prevention of Virus Spread

  • Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
  • Promote basic hygiene:
    • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into one’s sleeve (inside elbow), rather than into hands or the air.
    • Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
    • Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. The use alcohol (60%+) hand gel will be available as well.
    • Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.
    • We will encourage hand washing (by campers and staff) through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies
    • We do not share utensils, cups etc.
    • Please stay home when sick.
    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • Wearing of masks in public is not recommended by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in camps. Handwashing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.

RESOURCES

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) Coronavirus Info

Coronavirus in San Diego: Case Tracking

California Department of Public Health Info

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (Public Health) FAQ & Fact Sheets