Hundreds of Georgia Youth Campers Test Positive for CCP Virus

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 2, 2020

The YMCA's Camp High Harbor in Rabun County was forced to shut down after 260 of the tested residents had positive results.

According to the report, on June 23, a staff member left the camp after developing chills the previous evening.

The staff member was tested for SARS-CoV-2 - the novel coronavirus - on June 24 and got a positive result the same day.

From the 136 cases where the CDC was able to gather symptom data, about 26 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus had no symptoms at the time.

These findings suggest that "children of all ages are susceptible to" the coronavirus and "contrary to early reports ... might play an important role in transmission", the CDC said.

The camp, which began on June 21, hosted almost 600 staffers and campers, and established most recommended protocols including requiring attendees to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving and enhancing cleaning and disinfecting routines.

As schools and universities plan for the new academic year, and administrators grapple with complex questions about how to keep young people safe, a new report about a coronavirus outbreak at a sleepaway camp in Georgia provides fresh reasons for concern.

The next day, the teen tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

These were included in the agency's recently released guidance to reopen U.S. schools.

The campers were not required to wear masks, and many activities like singing and cheering were common, which left children vulnerable to spread of the virus. But recent evidence chipped away at the claim that kids are unaffected, with new research emerging this week about the association between school closures and declines in number of cases and deaths.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in terms of confirmed cases, followed by Northern Africa and Western Africa regions, respectively, the Africa CDC said. It completely closed June 27.

In addition to cloth masks not implemented for campers, another measure not implemented was the opening of windows and doors for increased ventilation in buildings, the CDC report said.

The camp held its orientation June 17-20 for its 138 trainees and 120 staff members.

Out of 597 campers and staff, results were available for 344 people and 260 - about 44 percent - were confirmed positive. The number of reported infections continued climbing after the closing, with at least 85 kids and counselors coming down with the virus after their time at the camp's Lake Burton location.

Among those, 74 percent had mild symptoms including fever, headache and sore throat while the rest showed no symptoms.

"Physical distancing and consistent and correct use of cloth masks should be emphasized as important strategies for mitigating transmission in congregate settings".

During June 21-27, the occupancy of the 31 cabins averaged 15 people per cabin, with about half of the cabins having one or more cases of the coronavirus.

"An ongoing investigation will further characterize specific exposures associated with infection, illness course, and any secondary transmission to household members", the group added.

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