Fernwood Cove’s Definitions for COVID
Please Note: Many words/terms are used ambiguously in the press, schools and sometimes at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is VERY important you understand the definitions for COVID as defined by our camp doctor (Dr. Laura Blaisdell). This will alleviate questions during the summer when our focus will be on your children. Thank you for taking the time to understand our definitions.
Case – Someone who has a positive COVID test.
Exposed – Someone with prolonged contact with a confirmed case. Exposed person(s) need to have been within six feet (two meters); for greater than 15 minutes; with or without a mask.
Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 – ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
Shelter in Place – Sheltering/remaining at home after receiving a COVID test and prior to traveling to camp. During shelter in place we will be asking you to document daily temperature/symptom of your child.
Family – A Family at camp will be considered everyone living in the same bunk – the “Bunk Family”
Cohort – Cohorts are considered everyone (campers and counselors) in the same Age-Group/Grade
Quarantine – is for people which are exposed to a positive case. Recommended quarantine times are 14 days at present (this may decrease to 10 day’s). Exposure to a confirmed case, would require quarantining at camp. People in quarantine will continue with activities and continue with camp programming only separate to other campers and staff.
Isolation- Isolation is for COVID positive people. Isolation last for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or upon a positive test. Fernwood Cove will have a safe, comfortable, onsite area for any camp member who may need to be isolated. Campers in isolation will be provided with program activities – outdoors, and throughout camp – only separate from the other campers. Campers in isolation, can isolate together and will be cared for by members of the Healthcare team for the 10 day isolation period.
Testing – We are working closely with Dr. Laura Blaisdell on testing strategies we will be implementing before (at home) and during camp. Testing options are evolving and becoming (more) readily available, we will advise you in the spring on preferred testing methods.
Keeping in mind, a positive test result will require your child to isolate at home for 10 days (at present) before being allowed to travel. After a documented positive case (using PCR testing) – no further testing would be required by Fernwood Cove. A good at-home strategy would be to get an initial test, at least 12 days prior to travel to camp. Once the results come back in with a negative – get a 2nd test 48 hours (depending on result turn-around) prior to travel. By following this method shelter in place days at home will be minimized. Again – a positive PCR test result requires 10 days of isolation and then no further testing.
It will be important while Sheltering in Place, your daughter stays at home and not engage in any gatherings with friends, sport teams, birthday parties, etc. The duration of the shelter in place time frame is dependent on testing and a negative result prior to camp, further information will be provided closer to the start of camp.