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CAMP & COVID-19 UPDATE
AS OF APRIL 23, 2022
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For those who wake up every morning thinking they are one day closer to Summer Camp, this is for you.
To All our Loyal and Dedicated Camp4Kids Families
We hope this message finds you well and healthy and that you are beginning to see at least a glimmer of light at the end of this pandemic. For the foreseeable future Covid will remain with us in one form or another, but if we all work together to minimize the exposure Camp4Kids 2022 will be back for years to come. This policy is subject to change. Camp4Kids will adjust it procedure in accordance with any new CDC and State guidelines up to the day of camp.
Many of our parents are wondering what the minimum COVID 19 protocols will be for this coming year. Since it has been, and always will be the position of Camp4Kids that your child’s safety must always come first, the Board of Directors has decided that we will be enforcing the following policy for our Summer 2022 session. We will of course follow the health policies of the State of California, and Orange and San Bernardino County health department requirements. We further strongly encourage vaccination with one of the approved COVID 19 vaccinations, including booster shots when approved under FDA guidelines.
Our minimum requirement will be is that every child and staff member attending camp, or person visiting camp the week of July 23-30, 2021, must take a Covid test within 72 hours of coming to camp with results that show they are clear and free of infection. To be clear, the test itself must be taken within 72 hours of departure for camp. Receipt of results within 72 hours of departure is not sufficient if the test was taken more than 72 hours prior to departure.
There will be no refunds after July 1, 2022, if a parent decides to not have their child tested. There will not be a refund if a child tests positive for Covid immediately prior to the start of camp.
You must bring and show proof of a negative Covid test before your child is allowed on the buses.
Here are the types of tests that will meet our requirements.
Rapid Antigen Test
Also called the rapid nasal swab test, the rapid antigen test involves obtaining a fluid sample using a long cotton swab to collect cells from inside your nose. Once the specimen is collected, the testing site will examine and analyze it, and provide the results within 15 to 30 minutes.
One major caveat to a rapid antigen test is that it doesn’t amplify what’s in the specimen, and thus, it can only detect the virus once it reaches a high level in the body—with perhaps millions of copies per milliliter of sample. The virus typically reaches such a level around the time a person experiences the symptoms and is at their most contagious state.
Moreover, depending on the situation, the testing site may recommend a PCR test to confirm a negative result from an antigen test.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test
A PCR test uses a long cotton swab to collect cells from inside the nose or throat. The testing site then sends the specimen to the lab for analysis. It takes about 24 to 48 hours to get the results.
Among testing methods, the PCR test is deemed the gold standard for SARS-CoV-2 virus detection due to its accuracy, versatility, and remarkable sensitivity. Albeit it is similar to a rapid antigen test in the way the specimen is obtained, a PCR test is capable of detecting the genetic material specific to the virus. This means it can determine its presence before antibodies form or symptoms manifest—very early on in the incubation period.
How to Get a COVID-19 Test
Low or no-cost COVID-19 tests are available to everyone in the U.S., including the uninsured, at health centers and select pharmacies nationwide. Additional testing sites may be available in your area. Contact your health care provider or your state or local public health department for more information.
Health centers are an important component of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a health center near you for available COVID-19 screening and testing. Please call the health center for more information about availability of low or no-cost testing.
Health centers provide COVID-19 testing services to individuals who meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, regardless of their ability to pay. Health centers will determine whether there is available reimbursement, funding, or compensation sources, and any related cost sharing restrictions for COVID-19 testing prior to billing patients. If there are any out-of-pocket costs—for example, in the case of no or only partial coverage by private insurance—health centers will provide sliding fee discounts for eligible patients based on income and family size.
The federal government has partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country. These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:
Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing
Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct contact with symptomatic individuals
Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested and socially vulnerable
Please visit these companies' websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.
Local independent pharmacies in partnership with Health Mart, eTrueNorth, and TOPCO
Walmart in partnership with Quest Diagnostics
If you have any questions regarding this policy or wish to speak with our Camp Director, please feel free to contact us at: 714-474-9774.
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