UPDATED March 24, 2020

First and foremost, I want you to know that Bethel Horizons is moving through this period of uncertainty with the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff as our primary motivation.  Based on the evolving effort to curb the spread of COVID 19, Bethel Horizons will be closed to the public until April 24 or it is deemed safe to open. Bethel Horizons is following the guidance of the State of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order and the CDC. 

If you would like to help camp during this time, please consider donating to Bethel Horizons Annual Fund.

At this time, we continue to plan for Summer Camp, Retreats, Adamah Clay Studios, Adventure and Environmental Education programs for late spring and summer while following the guidance of the CDC and our local health officials to assure that we are doing everything possible to support the efforts to slow and stop the spread of this illness.

Please know that we have reviewed and updated our policies and procedures in connection to our healthcare, on-site cleanliness and support of guests who have concerns. 

Important things to know: 

  • We are in regular communications with our local Health Department and will be incorporating their guidance into our response. 
  • We are actively examining and modifying our arrival screening and health response procedures for this season.
  • We are updating our cleaning procedures to include the specific antiviral measures suggested/required by our local Health Department. 
  • We are committed to regular updates about our plans, policies, and new protective & reactive procedures

We ask for your partnership to control the spread of COVID 19 by asking your families to monitor their health and respond appropriately. In the event that you or someone in your home has a cough or fever, or has recently traveled to impacted regions, or been exposed to someone with the virus, please stay home and recover. If you become symptomatic while on our site in the future, please inform our staff immediately and quarantine yourself.

More information on the Coronavirus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. If you have additional questions about the situation please contact our office at 608-257-3577 ext 334.

This global situation is changing daily, so please know we will continue to update our community as information becomes available from the CDC and state agencies.

Sincerely,

Eric Knueve
Executive Director

Preparing for COVID-19
In the case of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently advises that common symptoms include flu-like symptoms (fever (100° F or higher), cough or sore throat, headache or body aches, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting) or symptoms of respiratory illness (fever (100° F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath). In order to slow or stop the spread of these illnesses, it is critical to follow the below instructions, which is guidance from the CDC as of 3/11/2020.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (at home or in a health care setting).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.