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Maricopa health director advises summer camps on virus precautions

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PHOENIX — As parents across the Valley consider sending children to summer camps this year, camp facilities are being advised to implement protocols to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine said its critically important for camps staffs to be mindful of how COVID-19 can spread through droplets.

“COVID-19 is spread through droplets when you cough or sneeze, or even talk,” she said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“And these droplets can travel up to six feet.”

Sunenshine said camps need ensure their campers and staffs are wearing masks

“That keeps the droplets in, which is better than having no barrier at all,” she said.

Sunenshine also advised camps to to daily temperature checks on all staff members and campers.

She added campers and staffers can protect themselves from the coronavirus if they keep implement social distancing protocols and keep groups to under ten people.

“And keeping those groups physically separated from other groups will help keep the same people together every day, so that they’re not constantly interacting with a lot of other people,” she said.

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