Successful Multimodal Covid Control In Summer Camps

A new CDC report demonstrates how using multiple Covid-19 prevention strategies at nine US overnight summer camps was highly effective in preventing transmission of Covid-19, even in the wake of the Delta variant. Amongst  7,173 campers and staff members at nine overnight camps between June and August 2021, there were only nine laboratory-confirmed cases and no secondary infections detected. This is in striking contrast to many other summer camps, that used few mitigations and experienced rapid outbreaks.

This group of summer camps serves as a microcosm for how we can approach effective Covid control nationwide. The CDC report did not attribute the success of this strategy to a single modality, instead, it was the multiple layers of protection that ensured zero secondary transmission of the virus. The success of this multimodal Covid-19 control can serve as a guide for other congregate settings.

The layers of protection used by the summer camps included; vaccination (93% of eligible children were vaccinated), pre-arrival and frequent screening testing (both rapid and PCR), creating social “pods” or cohorts within the camp, masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene through the use of sanitizing stations.

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Originally published on Forbes on October 7, 2021

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