Environmental Health

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 OTC RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS ARE AVAILABLE

There is a federal allocation of COVID-19 OTC rapid antigen tests available for camps servicing school-aged children.  

The over-the-counter (OTC), at-home rapid antigen tests:

  1. Allow flexibility in where testing can take place (at-home) 
  2. Each case comes with 24 kits 
    • Each kit contains two (2) tests. 
    • Each person should receive one kit (i.e. do NOT split up tests within a box).

These test kits can only be ordered through the New Jersey Department of Health: To order, click the following link: NJDOH K-12 Federal Test Kit Survey

OTC tests will likely be either Abbott BinaxNOW Self-tests or OraSure InteliSwab rapid tests and may require a two-step process.  

Tests must be ordered in multiples of 48. Please order enough to cover the duration of your summer program. All requests for orders must be received by June 21, 2022. 

Contact covid.schooltesting@doh.nj.gov with any questions about this opportunity to secure COVID-19 OTC test kits for your camp population.  

 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

At his final COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Phil Murphy announced the signing of Executive Order No. 292, which lifts the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in addition to the statewide school and daycare mask mandate, effective on Monday, March 7. This major step has been made possible by the Murphy Administration’s comprehensive and successful pandemic response efforts.  As a result, youth camps will not be required to implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies as a condition of operation during the 2022 summer season.   

Although we welcome the return to normalcy, we remain vigilant that the virus remains among us and encourage our camps to take steps to minimize it's impact among your camp community.  The youth summer camp 2022 recommendation guidance tool is under development as a resource to camp operators choosing to implement a layered prevention strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “Conditions have improved in our state--immunity is high, cases have dropped significantly, therapeutics have improved, and testing is rapid and readily available. So, it does make sense to relax restrictions as we learn to live with the virus,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.  “But taking masks off doesn’t mean that other strategies should be abandoned. In fact, they become more important. So, please continue to wash your hands frequently, physically distance, stay home when you’re sick, and get vaccinated and boosted to protect yourselves, your families, your friends, and our children.” 

 

 

 

2022 Summer Youth Camp Child Care Assistance Grants Available

The Department of Human Service, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) Child Care Assistance Program is offering grants for providers of summer camp care. Providers interested in receiving funds are required to comply with some requirements. For more information visit their funding website here and/or attend the Funding Summer Camps Grant Seminar listed below:

Friday, May 6, 2022 
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: registering your camp to accept child care assistance
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: camp grants

REGISTER NOW!

 

 

Youth Camp Operator Kickoff Meeting held on April 27, 2022

The session covered general overview of the Youth Camp Safety Standards regulations, compliance and operations. The current Youth Camp Safety Standards are available online. Click here to read the Youth Camp Safety Standards.  Slide show of the presentation is also available here. Video was  housed on the go to webinar. Click here for the video.

 

Any questions may be submitted via email to youth.camps@doh.nj.gov 

 

 

 

SUMMER CAMP COVID-19 CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL RESOURCES

 

REMINDER TO CAMP OPERATORS
  • Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick. They are one of the most important tools to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to what you love.  Visit the NJ COVID-19 HUB for more information. 

     

 

COVID-19 ACTIVITY LEVEL INDEX

COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Weekly Reports

The COVID-19 Weekly Activity Report provides data on COVID-19 transmission risk by six regions. This report is posted on Thursdays and uses Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) dates, which are from Sunday to Saturday. MMWR dates are commonly used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to standardize weekly reporting across years.

 

COVID-19 EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

Last Reviewed: 6/6/2022