Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Barrie Office
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Safeguards for summer camps

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has recommended the following safeguards be put in place to protect campers and staff at all of our recreational camp facilities.


Safeguards before camp

  • Parents are advised to keep their children at home and away from camp if their child develops influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms at home before camp. Symptoms of ILI include fever and cough as well any other of the following symptoms of sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain, or weakness. Young children may also experience diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Children can begin camp when they no longer have a fever and are feeling well enough to participate at camp.
  • Camp staff and campers will be screened for ILI before entering camp and routinely monitored for symptoms throughout their stay.
  • Camp staff and campers presenting with ILI symptoms on initial screening will be sent home so as not to expose any other staff or campers.


Safeguards during camp

  • Camp staff and campers who are experiencing new ILI symptoms while at camp will be separated from other campers/staff and cared for as quickly as possible.  Ill campers may be sent home depending on the severity of the illness, and at the discretion of camp health care staff and parents.
  • All camp staff will promote cough and sneeze hygiene among staff and campers, i.e. sneezing into your elbow or a tissue.
  • All camp staff will promote and encourage frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs.  Campers will be asked to wash their hands after bathroom use, prior to eating and after sneezing or coughing.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers will be strategically placed throughout the camp site for use when soap and water is not immediately available.


Camps that are experiencing an outbreak

  • Send situational updates daily to the health unit.
  • Continue all other precautionary practices mentioned above.
  • Are in daily contact with the health unit for any additional directions
  • Send ill children home when possible, for their comfort and to minimize risk of spread at camp.
  • Care for staff or children who are ill and remain in isolated facilities.
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