Health Care Information

COVID-19 Information for Summer 2022

Muskoka Woods values health and safety above all else. We strive towards offering a Summer Camp experience where no one can get hurt so no one does get hurt. Every week of Summer Camp is staffed with a doctor and team of nurses. 

As the Reopening Ontario Act is no longer in effect, the Ministry of Health guidance document entitled COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Camps is no longer a requirement for summer camps.

Likewise, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) has stated it is unlikely any new camp guidance will be released for this summer. After consulting with Public Health, the OCA, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and the Health Advisory Committee, we wanted to share these updates with you.

What are the COVID-19 policies for Muskoka Woods this summer?

  • We strongly recommend that all guests and staff be fully vaccinated. However, there will be no vaccination requirement for guests or staff of Muskoka Woods, with the exception of counsellors. All counsellors will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Upon arrival, before getting out of your car, we will screen all guests for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a guest is experiencing new or worsening cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms and/or has been recommended to isolate by a doctor, health care professional, Public Health unit, or the Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment, and if the isolation period overlaps with a guest’s arrival, do not come to camp. Contact our Guest Relations team to make alternate arrangements for your week of camp.
  • All guests are to pack masks in the event that masks become a requirement. We will also be a mask-friendly environment for those who choose to wear a mask during their time at camp. If a guest is identified as having COVID-19 symptoms or is in contact with someone with symptoms, the Health Care Centre may require your child or staff member to wear a mask.
  • In the event a child is experiencing symptoms while at camp and has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 this summer, SMDHU is requiring them to isolate following Public Health directions. Isolation cannot occur at camp and children must go home to complete their isolation period as determined by Public Health. We want to remind you of the importance of having an authorized contact able to pick your child up from camp to take them home within 6 hours of notice.
  • Likewise, should a child be considered a high-risk contact of someone who is experiencing symptoms, has a probable or has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (e.g. your child’s cabinmate), your child may be required to go home and complete the same isolation period as the infected individual, unless they meet one of these criteria:
    • Your child is not experiencing symptoms and has previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or
    • Your child is not experiencing symptoms and is fully vaccinated (under 18 years of age, two doses with an approved Health Canada vaccine is considered fully vaccinated)

What are we doing to keep guests safe?

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Hand Hygiene

Staff have been trained on where and when to apply hand sanitizer. In addition, medical grade hand sanitizer stations have been installed in abundance around camp. Hand washing stations are installed in key locations.

All persons on resort property will be encouraged frequently to practice hand hygiene. Posters will indicate proper hand washing technique and remind guests and staff to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Ventilation & Air Filtration

HEPA (High-grade air filtration systems) have been installed to improve ventilation, indoor air quality and reduce the risk of airborne transmission of viruses.

Windows will be open when possible and exhaust fans left on at all times to keep air moving. Air-conditioning to be used during the evenings and overnight at all times.

Staff Training

Training for both full and part-time staff has been increased and special attention has been given during our onboarding process, including:

  • Proper hand washing frequency and techniques
  • Familiarity with current government and public health guidance, especially as it applies to resort-specific operations (such as housekeeping, food service, and maintenance)
  • Proper techniques for general cleaning and disinfecting
  • Proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks. Instructions for donning and doffing of PPE, physical distancing, and group gathering limits.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cabins are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily including prior to group and guest arrival, and subsequent to departure. We take special care to clean and disinfect doorhandles, countertops and other high touch points.

In addition, Muskoka Woods common areas common areas where physical distancing is not possible – such as our dining rooms and bathrooms – are being cleaned and disinfected at increased frequency including high tough points such as door handles, countertops and others.

Shared equipment is disinfected between uses.

Staff and guests are given guidance on where and when to apply hand sanitizer and scheduled handwashing happens throughout the day.

Health Advisory Committee

Muskoka Woods has enlisted the expert and professional advice of members of the health care community for several decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have provided expert advice, guidance and been instrumental in helping us set direction for our response. 

Dr. Rob Woodall

MD, BSC, CCFP(EM), DIP SPORT MED(CASEM)

Dr. Woodall currently practices in the Emergency Department at Windsor Regional Hospital and is also the former Chief of Emergency Medicine for Windsor and its surrounding region. He is the first-ever recipient of Physician Legends Award, Windsor Regional Hospital (2013) and the Above & Beyond Recognition Recipient, Windsor Regional Hospital (2007-2020).

Susan Woollard

RN, BHS, MAEd, CHE

Susan has been with North York General Hospital since 1980 and has held several leadership positions including Unit Administrator and Program Director in Emergency Services, Director of Professional Practice, Research and Education and most recently, Program Director of Medicine, Critical Care and Elder Care. She is a member of the NYGH leadership team serving as the Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. 

Lori McAuley

Registered Nurse

Lori is a registered nurse and has been the Muskoka Woods Health Care Centre Director since 2010. Her nursing career has seen her serve as a nurse at Sick Kids as a public health nurse and with Toronto Public Health where she worked with communities and in schools. She first attended Muskoka Woods as a counsellor in training in 1979 and has been at the camp in some capacity every summer since.

Muskoka Woods Health Care Centre provides a full complement of medical staff to help care for your child.