Hundreds Of Children And Staff Members At A Georgia Summer Camp Test Positive For COVID-19

Masks were not required at the camp.

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Masks were not required at the camp.

Hundreds of participants of an unnamed Georgia overnight summer camp have tested positive for COVID-19. While the camp leaders were required to wear face masks, campers were not. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting a study regarding the spread of the virus at the location, according to Today.

In mid-June, the camp held an orientation for 120 staff members and 130 trainees in attendance. It is not clear whether they had been wearing facial coverings at the time of this event. The camp leaders resided in the area after the orientation and were later joined by 360 children and young adult campers ranging in age from 6 to 19. Before anyone was allowed to attend the camp, they were required to get screened for the coronavirus. If they tested negative, they were allowed to participate.

After only a couple of days, a camp leader began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. They later were found to be positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The camp began sending participants home the following day. It’s unclear how many participants were tested, but among the ones who were, 260 were positive for the virus. The vast majority were age 17 or under.

The CDC discussed how a setting like this summer camp is quite dangerous during current times.

“Settings, like multi-day, overnight summer camps, pose a unique challenge when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases, considering the amount of time campers and staff members spend in close proximity.”

A person is tested for COVID-19.
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The camp was officially closed down on June 27 and the health department is encouraging those who did participate to get screened for the coronavirus, as well as to self-quarantine just in case.

In its report, the CDC went into further detail regarding how the situation might have gotten so out of control at this particular camp.

“Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as has been previously reported. This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, might play an important role in transmission.”

As The Inquisitr previously reported, efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — particularly among schoolchildren — continues to be a highly controversial topic. Many schools have delayed opening or are offering virtual learning. President Donald Trump continues to insist that he wants schools to open on time and in-person, with special safety protocols in place.