Campers and staff at summer camps should be screened daily if such camps are to be opened safely this summer, Maricopa County’s top disease control official said on May 27.

Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control with Maricopa County Public Health, said anyone showing fever or signs of COVID-19 should “absolutely be sent home.”

Sunenshine said camp groups should be kept to 10 persons or fewer. Groups should be kept physically 6 feet apart from other groups will also help keep people safe.

“That way, if someone gets affected, you only have to worry about that small group,” Sunenshine said.

She added that any staffer who interacts with multiple groups should wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from anyone else.


Staffers and campers should bring their own meals and snacks, and frequently touched services should be disinfected regularly, Sunenshine said.

“And most importantly, kids and adults with chronic medical conditions or those who are 65 and older should not attend camp,” she said.

She recommended parents consult with their health care provider to talk about the risks and benefits of a child attending a camp based on their personal medical history.