Covid-19 Update - May 2021
May 3, 2021
Dear Camp Westminster Families,
Summer Camp 2021 is fast approaching and many families are curious as to what camp might look like this summer from the standpoint of COVID-19 protocols. As you know conditions have been changing steadily over the last many months. Vaccinations are on the rise and are available for all Georgians age 16 and over. Both our camper and staff populations remain the least likely to contract COVID-19 or be affected by it in any adverse way. That said, we anticipate that Summer 2021 will be a “COVID Summer” to some degree and we anticipate practicing a number of protocols in order to minimize the risk of COVID and other illness among our Campers and Staff.
We are always fully committed to complying with our governing authorities. At this time, there are no State, Local, or Federal mandates with regard to COVID and either Day or Overnight Camping. We are in the process of evaluating our course of action and hope to have a list of items in place by mid-May.
Last summer we learned many things. Among these is that with the right practices and cooperation between Camp Staff and Camper Families, it is entirely possible to run a clean camp with low risk of illness. In fact, we experienced no sickness of any kind at camp last summer. The cleaning and sanitizing we conducted in Summer ’20 was effective, not only for COVID-19 but, for any virus that we might otherwise face. That was a win. We also learned that, though it is very labor intensive, we are able to accomplish this type of cleaning protocol, when we work together, without cutting into the time we spend with campers – an even bigger win!
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of this current season of life together. Rest assured that, when we run camp this summer, we will once again go above and beyond required protocols for the sake our Campers and their Families. In preparation for this summer, and beyond, we’ve installed iWave® ionizing air purifiers in the HVAC systems of ALL our facilities. We were not required to do this but remain committed to providing an exceptional experience for our guests. These air purifiers are highly effective* in killing and removing viruses, mold, bacteria, dust, allergens, and odors from the air of our indoor spaces.
We look forward to seeing you this summer. Please check back here over the next few weeks for updated information in our response to COVID-19.
Andy Rogers and the Camp Westminster family
*Pathogen Test Results
These third-party tests were run using proprietary NPBITM technology.
TIME IN CHAMBER: 30 Minutes
RATE OF REDUCTION: 99.4%
This test was run using the iWave-C Air Purifier P/N 4900-10 in a test designed to mimic ionization conditions like that of a commercial aircraft’s fuselage. Based on viral titrations, it was determined that at 10 minutes, 84.2% of the virus was inactivated. At 15 minutes, 92.6% of the virus was inactivated, and at 30 minutes, 99.4% of the virus was inactivated.
Human Coronavirus 229E
TIME IN CHAMBER: 60 Minutes
RATE OF REDUCTION: 90%
This test was run in a test chamber in a lab setting with the Nu-Calgon iWave-R Air Purifier P/N 4900-20. A petri dish containing a pathogen is placed underneath a laboratory hood, then monitored to assess the pathogen’s reactivity to Needle Point Bi-polar Ionization (NPBI) over time. This controlled environment allows for comparison across different types of pathogens.