December 2022 Update:
Hello Hodia Winter Camp participants and families,
A healthy camp begins and ends at home and we are committed to offering a great Winter Camp experience while minimizing the risk for illness. To do this we need your help with the following:
Prior to Winter Camp:
Prior to Winter Camp please take extra care to avoid situations where you might be exposed to respiratory illness (such as crowded settings, indoor dining out, etc.).
If you become sick prior to camp, even with minor symptoms, please let us know and DO NOT ATTEND. We will thank you for your consideration of others, refund any program payments, and hope to see you back well at future programs.
For Winter Camp 2023 we will be mailing a Covid self-test to all participants and ask that you do the test 1-2 days prior to camp. If positive, even if no symptoms, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
At Winter Camp bus check-in we will ask specifically about illness symptoms including cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever, headache or body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Please be honest and keep everyone safe.
For those planning to arrive by private vehicle please don’t come if you have any such symptoms. We don’t want to have to turn anyone away after traveling some distance to camp.
We do not plan to require universal masking at Winter Camp. Although masks may offer some protection, the circumstances are such that the effectiveness would be limited with indoor group dining and cabin arrangements. Individuals are welcome to choose to wear a mask to reduce their own risk, but hopefully the pre-camp precautions will be sufficient to prevent any illness at camp.
In the unfortunate case of symptoms developing at camp we will assess the situation and likely ask the participant to go home. We cannot effectively isolate persons who are sick to prevent the spread of respiratory illness at camp.
As always, we will emphasize good handwashing and other hygiene measures particularly to minimize the risk of any gastrointestinal illness.
Thank you for your understanding in complying with these requests.
Richard Christensen, MD