Health Practices

Fall 2021 At Hume New England

These are our most current plans for our New England location, updated on August 30, 2021.
COVID-19 protocols can change rapidly, and as a result, we will keep this page updated with the latest information.

Screening

All participants are asked to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and are encouraged to self-isolate for 7 days prior to arrival at Hume.

Everyone arriving on the camp property will be asked standard COVID-19 related health screening questions and have their temperature taken.

Any guest, and their family group, showing any signs or symptoms of illness will be asked to isolate and then go home. A pro-rated refund will be issued.

To help prevent the spread and early departure from a Hume experience, Hume strongly recommends all adult and family guests, regardless of vaccination status, obtain a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and a rapid antigen test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival regardless of vaccination status.

Hume employs the use of thermal imaging technology in our dining hall to monitor the temperature of guests. Temperatures of guests will be taken daily at breakfast and dinner. 

 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are optional outdoors and strongly recommended for all unvaccinated guests indoors (including indoor dining and group meetings) when 6ft of distance is not able to be consistently maintained.

 

Staff

Our staff is required to complete a temperature check and health questionnaire before each shift.

All staff who have regular close contact with guests are tested regularly.

Periodic testing of staff is conducted as warranted.

Isolation will be required for staff who test positive or who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 and not vaccinated.

 

Cleaning & Disinfection

Our staff performs regular, thorough cleaning in high-traffic areas and cleans and sanitizes housing areas in between each guest group.

Hand sanitizer is available in public areas throughout camp.

Products used for cleaning are approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and responsibly used according to product instructions.

In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the room where the individual has stayed will be removed from service and quarantined for at least 24 hours. Then the room will undergo an enhanced sanitization protocol in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

Ventilation

Hume has installed Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization units in Hilltop, the Old Chapel, and Bethel Game Room to purify indoor air, reducing up to 98% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus. Information about this air-purification technology and its benefits can be found at https://globalplasmasolutions.com.

HVAC systems, internal fans, and operable windows will be kept functioning and operational to maintain good air circulation within the camp buildings throughout the season.

Guest Retreats

We’ve prepared a comprehensive document of our safety protocols for the prevention of COVID-19 at our Guest Retreats. Follow the link below to download.

Hume is committed to the health and safety of all our guests and staff.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
info@hume.org1 (413) 528-3604.

 

FAQ

What happens if my test is positive?
Anyone who tests positive within 10 days prior to coming to camp, is required to stay home. Members of the individual’s household are also asked to quarantine and not come to camp. Additionally, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home.

No, at this time, Hume New England only tests our staff, and recommends that guests be tested at a local medical facility.

  • The individual is immediately isolated from others, and will be sent home. It is recommended that the individual be tested as soon as possible upon their return home and if they test positive, they are asked to contact Hume New England at 413-528-3604.
  • In case of a positive test or presumptive positive diagnosis, the entire cabin/cohort/family will be sent home, regardless of vaccination status, to reduce potential exposure.
  • Anyone else in close contact with the individual will also be sent home. This includes individuals who have been unmasked and in the same vehicle with the symptomatic individual as well as those who have eaten at the same table or sat unmasked in chapel or other indoor space within 6 feet of the individual. To reduce exposure and reduce the number of people sent home in case of a possible COVID case, we recommend cohorting: having cabin groups eat together and sit together in chapel. We also recommend masking when indoors and in close contact with others, including when in a vehicle with non-family members.
  • When a camper or entire cabin/cohort/family is sent home, the church or family of the camper is asked to coordinate pick-up and associated costs.
  • Hume Registration will prorate the cost of camp by the number of nights the camper was in camp before testing positive.

May We Pray for You?

Prayer is one of the pillars of everything we do—and in these trying times, we have unceasing faith in the Creator of the universe. He encourages us to bring our troubles and praises to Him. In that same light, we would love to pray for you. The Hume staff brings every single request before the Lord.

Let us know how we can pray for you.

Please pray that we will be able to resume camp operations as soon as possible and that God will use us at this time to point people to Him.