Community Health Protocols and Practices

Holden Village, as a community of practice during the pandemic, pledges mutuality and collective support for the safety and health of all in the Village. By following state and national guidelines and caring for the health of others as well as our own, we have enjoyed a renewed sense of community this year amidst all of the challenges. We invite all who will journey to Holden to work, play, teach, and learn, to join us in wellness practices that create a culture of care for all.

People at High Risk

If you are at high risk of developing severe disease or COVID complications should you become infected, we recommend you speak to your health care provider about your risks and consider not traveling to Holden Village, due to our remote mountain location and limited access to medical care.

Pre-arrival

Guests, faculty, and staff commit to healthy practices to reduce exposure to illness and to tracking symptoms for 2 weeks before arriving at Holden Village. Holden understands that the very act of traveling by plane, train, boat, or bus could itself increase exposure and asks everyone to take the utmost precaution with hygiene, handwashing, mask-wearing, and distancing as you journey.

We recommend that everyone be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days before arrival. Children who are ineligible to be vaccinated (currently anyone age 11 and under) need to receive a negative result on a COVID screening test 3-5 days prior to entering the Village. Check your local Department of Health for the availability of free or decreased cost testing, or check the availability of testing at your local pharmacy.

Vaccinations

All guests, staff, and faculty who are in age groups eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving at Holden Village. Currently, this includes everyone 12 years old and up. (Fully vaccinated = 14 days after a single dose of J&J or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.) 

Screening

(Updated 8/4/21) Holden wants families to be free to recreate and relax in the community with confidence. To support a meaningful experience, we recommend that everyone be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days before arrival. Children who are ineligible to be vaccinated (currently anyone age 11 and under) need to receive a negative result on a COVID screening test 3-5 days prior to entering the Village. Check your local Department of Health for the availability of free or decreased cost testing, or check the availability of testing at your local pharmacy. Youth ages 4-11 will be tested under the guidance of the Holden Medic using the BinaxNOW antigen test upon arrival at the Village. Testing is available in the Village upon request for people of all ages.

Masking

In light of recent developments and on the advice of our medical counsel, we have decided to resume masking indoors in the Village. 

Creative Use of Space

Indoor dining, worship, and programming will abide by state guidelines for safe occupancy.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case at Holden Village, the Holden Medic Team and Directors work directly with the Chelan County Health Department and our medical advisor, Dr. Peter Kliewer, M.D. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is relocated to separate quarantine housing and remains only inside that building, with meals and other care needs delivered to them, in order to maintain optimal social distancing. On the day of the next available boat transport, the COVID-19 positive person(s) and their party will be transported down to the boat in Holden’s “Red Box” vehicle, which is built with a partition between passengers and the driver. Contact tracing is conducted by our Medic Team and notifications are sent to impacted staff, volunteers and guests. Each case situation requires unique action as determined by the Holden Medic Team, Directors, Chelan County Health Department and our medical advisor, Dr. Peter Kliewer, M.D.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and since Holden Village reopened to guests on July 12th, more than 700 people have participated in Village life. Holden Village has had only one breakthrough COVID-19 case of a fully vaccinated adult on October 20, 2021. The person who tested positive was isolated and will depart the Village on 10/22. Contact tracing is in progress and rapid tests are given to those who request it. Notifications were made to people in-Village, those who were in the Village between 10/17 - 10/20, and those who are planning to come to the Village through 10/31/2021. As of 10/24/21, there are no other people reporting symptoms and more than 40 concerned persons have tested and all results are negative.

Last Updated 10/24/21