How can Camphill Village be proactive against Coronavirus?

UPDATE 5/11/20: A letter from Andrew Simmons regarding Village-wide health measures

UPDATE 4/15/20: A letter from Andrew Simmons regarding Village-wide health measures

UPDATE 3/31/20: A letter from Andrew Simmons regarding Village-wide health measures

UPDATE 3/18/20: A letter from Andrew Simmons regarding Village-wide health measures

We are pleased to report that we still have zero confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 here at Camphill Village. We are continuing to isolate as a community. The Village remains closed to the public, including administrative staff, with the exception of a few essential workers.

As more cases of the novel Coronavirus are reported around the world, we are all learning more about how the virus performs. For instance, it can likely stay on a surface for a day or more (whereas common flu has an out-of-host lifespan of around eight hours). And this is why we had a Village meeting the first week in March to educate one another about the best hygiene practices moving forward.

We are in a beneficial position here at Camphill, where house leaders and all vigilant members of our community are able to devise household- and Village-wide plans to encourage good hygiene among all Camphill residents. We also know our housemates so well that we can recognize the signs of a cold or other illness, and say, “Maybe it’s a good idea for you to consider your health today.”

The steps we can take in our households to limit the spread of viruses include cleaning door knobs and faucet handles several times a day, or even agreeing to limit physical contact (e.g. shaking hands or hugging) if possible.

We have also suspended all tours of the Village and closed the Village Green and Co-op until further notice in order to practice responsible social distancing.

Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) have shared a great deal of helpful hygiene information and tips that will no doubt come in handy even in the absence of this quickly spreading worldwide illness. We invite you to browse the resources below to better prepare yourself against the COVID-19 virus.

CDC overview of the virus:


Hand washing best practices from the CDC:



As recommended by the DOH:

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Recommendations from the Department of Health:

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.

-Don’t touch your face

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash before washing your hands again.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC’s Information for Travel can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions for Travelers:

Symptoms and Prevention from the DOH & CDC:

Local resources:

Columbia County Department of Health
Phone: (518) 828-3358

New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline for questions and concerns about symptoms