Using Quarantine Camps When Responding to Infectious Diseases
In these tumultuous times, it behooves any organization or business to remain vigilant in response to the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. With other diseases also on the rise, such as the recent 2022 monkeypox outbreak, the time is now to make sure you are prepared to support your crews and communities should they ever be faced with these kinds of outbreaks.
When dealing with large crews or guests on remote sites or responding to community-wide outbreaks, one of the best ways to control the spread of dangerous viruses is by implementing quarantine and isolation camps. These provide a safe space for individuals who are awaiting test results or who’ve tested positive to social distance while still having their basic needs taken care of.
Who Needs Quarantine Camps
Not every business will need quarantine or isolation camps when responding to infectious disease outbreaks, so it’s essential to identify where they can be most useful. Here are a few of the organizations and businesses that can benefit from implementing these remote camps.
Government & municipalities
As communities begin to experience outbreaks on a wider scale once again, it can be difficult for local governments to maintain enough space for community members to socially distance themselves from their family and friends as they await test results. Establishing comprehensive isolation camps for these communities is critical to helping them safely distance themselves from each other in order to contain the spread of any kind of infectious disease.
While hospitals undergo their important work to treat those affected with infectious diseases like COVID-19, sometimes their capacity can become stretched by the number of patients affected. In these instances, establishing COVID-19 quarantine camps on location can provide a much-needed boost to their facilities in their time of need.
Due to the high density of students present at any given time, colleges & universities can be particularly susceptible to the spread of viruses. When they begin to experience outbreaks, quarantine camps are often necessary to keep infections from spreading further.
What Every Quarantine Camp Needs to be Successful
In order for your camp to successfully care for your crew or community, there are a few key elements that need to be considered when constructing your camp or working with a partner like Cotton Logistics to do so.
Negative containment spaces
The most important feature of any proper isolation facility is the usage of negative air containment spaces in order to safeguard workers and volunteers from the risks associated with COVID-positive individuals. These facilities are designed to block airborne particles and other hazardous materials from escaping their containment, making them ideal for any COVID-19 quarantine camp.
When designing spaces for your team members, guests, or community, it’s imperative to consider their quality of life during their stay. This means providing more than just a room with a bed, but also providing comfortable bathroom facilities, entertainment, housekeeping & laundry services, and the other necessary resources we need to survive.
Given that your guests will be in your care 24 hours a day for an extended period of time, it’s essential that you consider their nutritional needs as well. Obviously, this entails daily meal service as well as water, beverages, and other snacks. Whether this food is provided from an offsite vendor or cooked onsite through a partner like Cotton Logistics, it’s absolutely necessary to consider the dietary needs of your guests at all times.
The last thing to consider when designing your site is all of the support services required for your remote camp to be fully sustained throughout its operation. From fuel and electricity needs to both potable and gray water, in addition to waste disposal and other infrastructure needs, there’s no detail too small to consider when constructing your quarantine camp.
To see these kinds of services in action, check out our recent case study of a project in Louisiana where we partnered with regional municipalities to construct a COVID-19 quarantine camp of several hundred beds along with support services to aid their population in practicing social distancing while awaiting test results.
If your organization or business needs help developing its own quarantine or isolation camp, contact Cotton Logistics today to discover how we can help make your project effective, safe, and comfortable for all those in your care.