Health and Wellness: COVID FAQ | Concordia Language Villages

Health and Wellness: COVID FAQ

What happens if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19 at camp?

For all symptoms of COVID-19, we will follow the Minnesota Department of Health Youth Programming Decision Tree. With this model, if your child develops two less common symptoms or one common symptom, they will be moved to the isolation area. In the isolation area, we will do a confirmatory PCR test and your child will remain in the isolation area until results return (currently one-two days).

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 at camp?

We will conduct two rounds of COVID-19 testing at camp. The first will be a rapid antigen test five days after arriving at camp and the second will be a saliva-based PCR test on day 10. If your child’s first test is positive, we will bring them to our isolation center and will retest them with a more confirmatory PCR test. They will remain in the isolation area until results return. If the results are positive, then you must pick up your child and return home within 72 hours. If the PCR test is negative, then they may return to the camp program to be monitored by the village health team.

What happens if my child is exposed to COVID-19 while at camp?

Should there be a COVID-19 positive case in your child’s Village, we will first assess and quarantine any significant exposures. Parents will be notified immediately if a significant exposure occurs, and while we usually do not encourage direct communication during camp, if requested, we will offer opportunities for families to talk with their villagers. Exposed members of a cohorted group will be quarantined together for 10 days in their usual quarters and will be retested.

What does quarantining on-site look like?

If someone in your child's pod tests positive, then their entire pod will quarantine together on site. Though the pod will be able to remain in the Village, there will be increased risk mitigation protocols during this time, such as increased distance from other pods and meals in a separate area. Additional COVID-19 testing will be conducted for pod members.

Villagers will continue to participate in camp activities with their two dedicated staff members.

What is the isolation area like?

Our isolation area is located at El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village. While it is on the camp property, it is removed from other buildings. A dedicated health team will live at the isolation area and will be available to care for your child while they await test results or pick-up. Families must have their contingency travel plans prepared ahead of time as we will only be able to keep COVID-19 positive villagers in isolation for 72 hours.

What happens if my child is exposed to COVID-19 just prior to camp?

If your child was exposed to COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to camp, they could bring a presymptomatic or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 to camp. Please contact the dean and the Health and Wellness office immediately if they have been exposed. Due to a large number of variables, we will deal with each situation on a case-by-case basis.

What happens if someone in my family tests positive just after my child gets to camp?

If someone in your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, there is a very high chance that your child was exposed and could bring a presymptomatic or asymptomatic case of COVID-19 to camp. Please contact the Village Health Center or the Health and Wellness office immediately.

After this notification is made, depending on the variables, your child and their pod will likely quarantine on-site and may have additional testing if warranted.