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Coronavirus and camp

by Susan AndreonePosted Mar 9, 2020

Updated: March 18, 2020

As we all continue to watch the news unfold about the coronavirus impacting our communities, we want to assure our camper families that we are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, updated guidance from state and local health officials, and other clinical decision support resources to stay current on the latest information on how to mitigate and manage COVID-19. Camper and staff safety remains our top priority.

Dr. Scott Lawrence, Pine Cove’s Chief Medical Director who has been with Pine Cove for the past 12 years, shares, “As a health care team we are continually monitoring the CDC, World Health Organization, peer-reviewed health journals, and professional organizations for the latest information on the coronavirus. We currently employ multiple physicians and over 300 nurses during the summer in two states and three camps with clinical facilities capable of conducting labs and x-rays, suturing, splinting, administering oral and IV medications, and monitoring patients who are sick. We regularly perform ongoing reviews of our processes and procedures to ensure the safety of campers and staff.”

COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms

  • The latest clinical research suggests the time from exposure to symptoms is less than 14 days and in most cases occurs approximately 4 to 5 days after exposure.
  • 81% of COVID-19 patients have no or mild pneumonia, 99% had a fever (20% had a low-grade fever less than 100.4), 70% had fatigue, 59% had dry cough, 35% had body aches.
  • The majority of people contracting pneumonia from the virus in China were over 55 years old. There were no cases in children below 15 years of age contracting pneumonia. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. See this article for more information from the CDC about coronavirus and children.
  • Older people (over 65) and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

The CDC recommends washing your hands often 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. The virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. Pine Cove is currently doing a thorough review of our processes and procedures to ensure the safety of campers and staff, prevent the disease from entering camp, and mitigate its potential spread.

We have already implemented enhanced sanitization procedures to ensure increased disinfecting of high use and high touch areas. We have also developed enhanced protocols and education for preventing and mitigating this virus to increase the safety of our campers and staff. We are staying abreast of the latest recommendations from government and medical experts for optimal cleaning materials and processes to keep our campers, staff, and workplace safe.

Want more details on what we’re doing this summer to protect our campers and staff? Click here.

In situations like these where media reports may cause concerns among our families, it is best to remember that even the Coronavirus has not caught God off guard. He is still in control. As our friend Pastor Todd Wagner writes in a letter to The Gospel Coalition for Christians, “Worry is not our friend, and panic is not our way.” We encourage you to read his full article as well, “Should Christians Be Anxious about the Coronavirus?” We also continue to rely on factual information from reliable sources. See links provided below for information about COVID-19 from state, national, and international organizations.

Pine Cove will continue to keep our campers and constituents updated as the situation merits.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Phillipians 4:6-7

Helpful Links


John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and Interactive Map

Association of Camp Nursing – A summary document on managing Coronavirus within the camp environment

New England Journal of Medicine 24 February Coronavirus articles 

Susan Andreone

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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