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We want everyone who attends the Tijuana Ministry trip to feel safe and included. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. We will be taking precautions and applying COVID-19 safety measures for all volunteers. This includes:
Proof of a negative test Covid test < 36 hours prior to departure
Covid tests will be available on site for testing based on symptoms while in Tijuana
Individuals who cannot or choose not to abide by the above requirements will not be permitted to travel and, if already in Tijuana, they will be asked to return home at their own expense.
What are the protocols for pre-trip COVID-19 testing?
We are requiring COVID-19 testing for all volunteers <36 hours prior to your day of departure (Thurs, June 30 for the advanced team or Sat, July 1 for the main team). Either a PCR or at-home Rapid test will be accepted. A cell phone image, print-out, time-stamped photo or medical proof of a negative test will all be accepted forms of proof. Images of results can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you test positive for Covid <36 hours before leaving for Tijuana you must withdraw from the mission trip and your travel fees will be refunded upon request.
While you are in Tijuana, and begin to show symptoms, you will be required to take a test which will be provided to you in Tijuana.
Will masks be required in Tijuana?
Masks will not be required but will be available to travelers who wish to utilize them.
Will there be onsite testing?
Yes. We will have at-home rapid tests available and ask each volunteer to test and show negative test results if they display any symptoms.
What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 onsite?
Anyone who tests positive for COVID in Tijuana will be asked to quarantine in a separate room for 5 days or until arrangements are made to leave Tijuana safely. Food and beverage can be delivered and left outside the door. The volunteer may not leave their room at any time unless there is an emergency requiring evacuation or if the volunteer is having a medical emergency. Tijuana Leadership team will work with any person(s) who tests positive to coordinate safe transportation home for the person and others in their group.
Isolation can be discontinued at least 5 days after symptom onset (day 1 through day 5 after symptom onset, with day 0 being the first day of symptoms), and after resolution of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and with improvement of other symptoms. These people should continue to properly wear a well-fitted mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10 after symptom onset) after the 5-day isolation period.
What about our hosts, partners, and families in Tijuana?
Through Father Jesse, our coordinator in Tijuana, we have asked that those with whom we will be working closely also comply with health protocols. However, we do not have a process to verify or enforce this. This is why we urge volunteers to take personal precautions, such as wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and social-distancing, as much as possible.